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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 646,000 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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This Festive Season help us make a difference…

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Millions of people with mental illnesses around the world can’t get access to treatment and opportunities to lead a better life. Over the last 15 years, BasicNeeds has been able to reach over 646,000 people in developing countries who were in desperate need. However, there are many others who require help. As we countdown to… Read more

Progress on adapting the BasicNeeds Model in the United States

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We are excited to share recent progress on our plans to adapt and implement the BasicNeeds Model for Mental Health and Development to address mental health and community development needs in the United States. In partnership with Innovations in Healthcare at Duke University, BasicNeeds is nine months into a detailed exploration of replicating the model… Read more

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