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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 650,000 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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Social entrepreneurship and mental health

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BasicNeeds is pleased to contribute to a guide that was recently launched by the Social Entrepreneurship for Mental Health (SEMH) working group in Canada. Titled ‘Social Entrepreneurship and mental health in low- and middle-income countries’ and funded by Grand Challenges Canada, the guide focuses on applying social entrepreneurship to mental health challenges in low-and middle-… Read more

Community mental health and development: Lessons in change

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What is at stake in the way that we view mental health and illness? What lessons can we learn from taking a developmental approach to mental health interventions in low-resource settings? Through what mechanisms may PWMIE become agents of their own change, that of their communities and health systems? Nathan Harris, PhD student at the University… Read more

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