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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.

As the largest iNGO 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 665,000 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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mhNOW: Empowering cities to spark the mental health revolution

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Global and community leaders across sectors made a Commitment to Action for “mental health now,” or mhNOW, at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting on 20th September 2016. Led by international thought leaders and key organizations from private, public, and philanthropic sectors, mhNOW is an unprecedented challenge to cities around the world to close the global… Read more

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD)

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It is estimated that over 800,000 people die by suicide every year, that’s one person every 40 seconds. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises suicide as a public health priority and published the first World Suicide Report “Preventing suicide: a global imperative” in 2014. Suicide is also one of the priority conditions in the WHO… Read more

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