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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.

By working in partnership with local partners and people, BasicNeeds has built an innovative and effective model for recovery and sustained good mental health that uses meaningful work and community support, as well as treatment, to help those living with mental illness in resource-poor settings.

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 680,000 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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Strengthening mental health services in Pakistan

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BasicNeeds began its work in Pakistan in 2011 and has been implementing the BasicNeeds Model in three districts in Sindh Province– Korangi, Malir and Matiairi, with the help of local partners. The five year project supported by the British Asian Trust and the Aman Foundation has successfully developed a community-based mental health programme and over… Read more

Training on Animation techniques in Southwest Detroit

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In early February 2017, BasicNeeds US partners, Southwest Solutions with support from the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, hosted BasicNeeds founder Chris Underhill to lead a training on Animation techniques in Southwest Detroit. Approximately 50 consumers and mental health providers from across the city came together to learn about and practice community animation techniques and… Read more

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