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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 617,919 people with mental illness and epilepsy, their carers and family members globally. Learn more…


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Mental illness is a global crisis, not just a disease of rich nations


For Francis in Ghana, mental illness led to him being held captive with his legs shackled through a hole carved in a log. Sadly, stories like this are not uncommon among the 450 million people suffering from mental disorders in low and middle-income countries. According to a report by the World Health Organization, mental, neurological and substance use… Read more

It’s time to support us, because the Skoll Match Fund Challenge is back!


We are delighted to inform you that BasicNeeds has been invited to be part of the 2014 Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge! The Skoll Foundation supports social entrepreneurs and innovators, who are working to solve the worlds pressing social issues. For 6 weeks from 27th October until 5th December, the Skoll Foundation has committed up to $3.25… Read more

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