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BasicNeeds – Mental Health and Development

BasicNeeds believes that mental health is a right, not a privilege. For millions of mentally ill people around the world, this is not the case. For them, mental illness is a world of poverty, stigma and isolation. BasicNeeds transforms lives by working with mentally ill people so that together, we can build a world that mentally ill people feel proud to live in.  Read more…

To date BasicNeeds has transformed the lives of 609,382 people with mental illness and epilepsy, their carers and family members globally.Learn more…


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BasicNeeds’ latest publication now out

We are excited to announce that our latest paper titled “A rapid appraisal of access to utilisation of psychotropic medicines in Bihar, India” has now been published in the International Journal of Mental Health Systems. To access the article click here  

Through the lens: de-stigmatising mental health


“My World”, a photography project by people suffering from mental illness and epilepsy was initiated by BasicNeeds China in December last year in the Hebei Province. The individuals participating in this project are encouraged to photograph their surroundings and use it as a medium to communicate. Most participants have never used a camera before and… Read more

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