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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 646,000 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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Closing the gap: the role of iNGOs in global mental health

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As one of the largest iNGOs working in global mental health, BasicNeeds has been invited to speak at a meeting hosted by the UK Parliament on the 22nd of February, to discuss the role iNGOs can play in addressing mental health – a key component of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Along with other experts… Read more

New Centre for Women’s Enterprise & Development launched in Pakistan

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On 28th January, 2016 BasicNeeds Pakistan inaugurated the Centre for Women’s Enterprise and Development in Karachi. The aim of the Centre is to provide training to women recovering from mental illness and their care givers, to help them learn different trades and develop small businesses. Chief guests of the inauguration ceremony included a member of the… Read more

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