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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 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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Nepal: Supporting people with mental illness and their carers affected by the earthquakes


In the days following the massive earthquakes that hit Nepal, BasicNeeds’ long standing partner the Livelihoods, Education and Development Society (LEADS), has been very closely involved in the relief efforts, making sure people – especially those most vulnerable living with mental illness and epilepsy along with their carers – were provided for in terms of… Read more

Changing the Mental Health Paradigm: Aspen Ideas Festival 2015


Last week, Chris Underhill Founder President of BasicNeeds was invited to speak on a panel at an opening segment of the Aspen Ideas Festival 2015 known as Spotlight Health. He was was accompanied on the panel by Pamela Collins, MD (Director, Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health), from the National Institute of… Read more

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