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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 announces Adrian Sell as new CEO

Adrian Sell

13th June 2016: BasicNeeds is delighted to announce the appointment of Adrian Sell as its new CEO, effective 4th July, 2016. Adrian has over twenty years experience in the charity, social enterprise, government and private sectors and is passionate about both mental health and international development work. Announcing Adrian Sell’s appointment, BasicNeeds’ Chair Jenny Burns,… Read more

Support BasicNeeds in the #SEChallenge

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This June, BasicNeeds is participating in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurship Challenge (#SEChallenge) to raise funds our children’s project in Sri Lanka. Our project The 2004 tsunami and a long civil war which ended in 2009 had a devastating impact on Batticaloa in the Eastern region of Sri Lanka. Coping with the aftermath of both a… Read more

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