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Better Mental Health, Better Lives

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 634,500 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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BasicNeeds and Carers Worldwide Nepal Earthquake Appeal 2015


Our partner-led programme with mentally ill people and carers is focused on the districts of Myagdi and Baglung in Nepal, both of which are very close to the epicentre of the devastating earthquakes that hit the region on 25th April and 12th May. Our partner staff in the villages there report around 540 injured people… Read more

Visionary of the Week

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We are pleased to announce that Chris Underhill, our Founder President was selected as the ‘Visionary of the Week’ by Hearts on Fire on 11th May 2015. To read his profile on the Hearts of Fire website visit: About Hearts on Fire: The Hearts on Fire Movement identifies and showcases some of the most inspirational and committed… Read more

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