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Innovations in Mental Health and Development

BasicNeeds is a UK based international Non-Government Organisation (NGO) 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 631,000 people living with mental illness and/or epilepsy, and we have led the way in developing comprehensive field based research and national and global advocacy.


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Marathon effort for mental health


Isabela Podsiadlo will be running the Brighton Marathon on Sunday, 12th April and is seeking sponsorship for BasicNeeds. Click here for Isabela’s JustGiving page. To get in training she completed the Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday, 22nd February, coming in comfortably under a creditable two hours. We wish Isabela all the very best for the full… Read more

BasicNeeds partner in Nepal becomes franchisee

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We are pleased to announce that our long standing partner organisation in Nepal, the Livelihoods Education and Development Society (LEADS), is now a social franchisee. Established in 2009, LEADS works towards building inclusive communities, where mentally ill people through development, realise their own rights. Over the last four years, LEADS has worked with BasicNeeds to… Read more

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