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Better Mental Health, Better Lives

BasicNeeds is an International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO) 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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Tackling the stigma around mental health in Pakistan

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Mental illness, the most neglected health problem in Pakistan affects 10-16% of the population with at least one person in every fifth house needing psychiatric help. Yet resources for mental health care are scarce and the stigma attached to it is huge. Despite the important gains reported in BasicNeeds Pakistan’s first Impact Report, there is… Read more

Three year mental health project in Mid-Ghana yields great successes

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Following the successful evaluation that was recently conducted on our three year project in Mid-Ghana, we are pleased to announce significant improvements in the lives of people affected by mental illness or epilepsy and their carers, as well increased awareness among local authorities regarding mental health. BasicNeeds Ghana, one of the largest members of the… Read more

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