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Better Mental Health, Better Lives

BasicNeeds is an international Non-Governmental Organisation (iNGO) working to improve the lives of people with mental illness and epilepsy.

By working in partnership with local organisations 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 686,000 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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Riot Games!

  BasicNeeds are delighted to be one of three charities being supported by Riot Games, the organisation behind one of the most successful online games; League of Legends. BasicNeeds will benefit from a fundraising campaign through their 2017 World Championships. Gamers are encouraged to vote for BasicNeeds through the in-game voting system that will decide what portion… Read more

Improving the lives of people with mental illness: BasicNeeds UK merges with CBM UK

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People living with mental illness in low-and middle-income countries are some of the world’s most marginalised people. Mental health conditions such as depression are the leading cause of disability worldwide, often causing immense suffering and preventing people from earning a living or participating in their community. BasicNeeds is therefore excited to announce our merger with… Read more

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