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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 650,000 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 participates in the #SEChallenge to raise funds for children in Sri Lanka

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As recipients of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, BasicNeeds has been invited to take part in this year’s Skoll Social Entrepreneurship Challenge. Running from 1st- 29th June 2016, this Challenge is designed to have Skoll awardees focus on fundraising for their organisation’s most pressing projects. Our project At BasicNeeds, the children in our projects in… Read more

Reverse Innovation: Piloting the BasicNeeds Model in Detroit, Michigan

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In partnership with Innovations in Healthcare at Duke University, BasicNeeds is nearing completion of a 15-month feasibility and implementation planning study funded by the Charities Aid Foundation of America Donor-Advised Fund of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The study has laid a solid foundation for U.S. implementation of the BasicNeeds Model for Mental Health and… Read more

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