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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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BasicNeeds Annual Report 2016

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We are delighted to share with you our Annual Report for 2016. With your support, over 686,000 lives have been transformed since we began work in 2000. Over the years, we have seen great improvements in people’s access to community-based mental health treatment, their ability to work and be involved in family and community life. Thank… Read more

World Health Day 2017

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The theme of this year’s World Health Day campaign celebrated on 7th April, is ‘Depression: Let’s talk’. Depression is a common mental health disorder and globally more than 300 million people of all ages suffer. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.… Read more

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