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Better Mental Health, Better Lives

BasicNeeds is an International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO) working to improve the lives of those living with mental illness and epilepsy.

As the largest international NGO working in this space, we have developed a model of intervention that is effective, locally owned, can be replicated and is transferable.  Predominantly focused on low and middle income countries, we work right across the system: with individuals and communities, local and national governments, and international organisations.

Since our foundation in 2000, our programmes have improved the lives of over 640,700 people living with mental illness and/or epilepsy, their carers and families, and we have led the way in developing comprehensive field based research and national and global advocacy.


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Mental health on the agenda

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With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) launched last week, the global mental health community continues to work to raise awareness on the impact of mental health on wider development outcomes. BasicNeeds’ Founder President, Chris Underhill will be heading to Kobe, Japan to attend the Second WHO Global Forum on Innovation for Ageing Populations. The Forum… Read more

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Mental health problems today account for nearly 13% of all disease in the world, affecting up to 450 million people worldwide at any one time. Depression alone is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Shiva in this video was fortunate to receive care and support within his community. For millions of others, urgent care… Read more

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