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Better Mental Health, Better Lives

Transforming lives of people experiencing mental health problems in the world’s poorest communities.

80% of people facing mental health problems live in developing countries, where fewer than 1 in 5 get any treatment. Many endure prejudice and abuse and are prevented from exercising choice, pursuing opportunities and planning for the future.

We work with local communities in Africa and Asia to tackle stigma, improve access to treatment and support, and provide opportunities for people experiencing mental illness so that they can return to work or continue their education and fulfil their potential.


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Lord Blunkett highlights the importance of mental health

David Blunkett

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett has highlighted the need to improve mental health support for people in the world’s poorest communities. Speaking at a reception at the House of Lords on 1st November which he hosted on behalf of CBM and BasicNeeds, Lord Blunkett pointed out the scale of this global challenge and how more… Read more

Last chance to vote for BasicNeeds & change lives around the world


As the finals for the League of Legends World Championships 2017 draws near, there are only 3 days left for gamers to vote for their favourite charity. Voting ends on 5 November 2017 at 11:59 pm PT. People living with mental illness in low-and middle-income countries are some of the world’s most marginalised people. Many… Read more

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