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Better Mental Health, Better Lives

BasicNeeds is an International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO) working to improve the lives of those living with mental illness and epilepsy.

As the largest international NGO 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 640,700 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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Over 640,000 people supported through BasicNeeds programmes globally

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Our latest impact numbers are now in and we are pleased to announce that as of June 2015, 640,742 people with mental illness, their carers and families have benefited through our programmes since we began work 15 years ago. In 2015 alone, we have 179,368 participants who are currently being supported of which 1,866 are… Read more

World Bank-WHO initiative on mental health

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With the growing need for effective mental health interventions, the World Bank on Monday 17th August announced an international meeting on global mental health to be held in April 2016 in partnership with the World Health Organisation. The focus of this meeting will be on scaling up implementation of mental health services for depression and… Read more

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