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Better Mental Health, Better Lives

BasicNeeds is an international Non-Governmental Organisation (iNGO) working to improve the lives of people living with mental illness and epilepsy.

By working in partnership with local partners and people, BasicNeeds has built an innovative and effective model for recovery and sustained good mental health that uses meaningful work and community support, as well as treatment, to help those living with mental illness in resource-poor settings.

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 680,000 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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Sustaining Children’s Clubs in Sri Lanka

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BasicNeeds’ current project in Sri Lanka is an unusual one as it focuses primarily on children’s mental health and well-being. The 2004 tsunami and a long civil war which ended in 2009 had a devastating impact on Batticaloa in the Eastern region of Sri Lanka. Coping with the aftermath of both a conflict and a… Read more

Highlights of 2016

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Thank you for making 2016 an incredible year for BasicNeeds! With your support, over 680,000 lives have been transformed since we began work in 2000. Check out the highlights of the year here.

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