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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 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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Nepal Earthquake: Medicines and basic supplies urgently needed

Nepal 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 earthquake that hit the region on 25th April. Our partner staff in the villages there report around 540 injured people and 2900 houses… Read more

Tune in to listen to BasicNeeds’ appeal on BBC Radio 4


British comedienne, actress and writer, Helen Lederer, makes an appeal for our work in Africa and Asia to enable people with mental illness to lead better lives. She tells the story of Francis, a school teacher from Ghana who was shackled to a log for nearly a year and a half due to mental illness.… Read more

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