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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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Changing a nation’s perspective on mental health

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From setting up a local programme to influencing national policy, BasicNeeds has come a long way in promoting mental health in Lao PDR. Our recent blog article on Virgin Unite via Ashoka UK highlights the work that BasicNeeds is doing in the country including our recent project on training Buddhist monks to provide mental health… Read more

My first week as CEO of BasicNeeds

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In my first week as CEO of BasicNeeds I’ve already heard a lot about the fantastic work being done by the organisation. If you missed the latest BBC Radio 4 programme on mental health in Ghana, it’s a good introduction to the challenges and triumphs that form part of BasicNeeds’ work with people experiencing mental illness… Read more

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