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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 where people with mental illness feel proud to live in.  

Since 2000, BasicNeeds has transformed the lives of 624,926 people with mental illness and epilepsy, their carers and family members globally. 


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Overcoming isolation; why support groups are crucial for managing mental illness


Before working for BasicNeeds, I used to volunteer with a group for men recovering from mental illness in a small Australian town, which was organised by a local mental health care organisation. We would meet every Wednesday at lunchtime and usually around six or seven men participated along with a facilitator. The facilitator would suggest… Read more

Mental Health: The Unspoken Health Epidemic


At the Emerge Conference for students and young professionals seeking to drive change, founder of BasicNeeds Chris Underhill gave an insight into BasicNeeds’ pioneering work giving people across the globe access to mental health treatment and support. Speaking in a session titled, Mental Health: The Unspoken Health Epidemic, he shared what it takes to address issues in the developing world from… Read more

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