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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.

As the largest iNGO working in this space, we have developed a model of intervention that is effective, locally owned, can be replicated and is transferable. 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 665,000 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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BasicNeeds at the mhGAP Forum in Geneva

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This World Mental Health Day, BasicNeeds was delighted to participate in the mhGAP Forum to discuss a variety of themes on the implementation of World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 and related topics. Adrian Sell, CEO of BasicNeeds reports: I spent two days as a guest of the World Health Organisation in… Read more

Self-Help Group stories: Promoting better mental health

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In BasicNeeds programmes, when people living with mental illnesses stabilize following diagnosis and regular treatment, they are encouraged to join self-help groups (SHGs) for social and economic support. These groups equip them with skills, create livelihood opportunities, and enable them to have the ability to make choices. Here are some recent stories: Lao PDR Between… Read more

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