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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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Our commitment to Kenya’s new mental health policy

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BasicNeeds staff met with our social franchisee Caritas Nyeri and the Archbishop of Nyeri in central Kenya this August to reaffirm their commitment to improve the lives of people living with mental illness in Kenya together, and implement Kenya’s new Mental Health Policy, launched in May 2016. The Kenya Mental Health Policy 2015-2030 commits the government… Read more

Ensuring Ghana’s future by investing in young people’s mental health

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On 12th August, we observe International Youth Day, a day to celebrate young lives and create positive change. In Ghana, young people between the ages of fifteen and twenty five constitute nearly a fifth of the population. For them, mental health is an important but neglected topic. Globally, mental health problems affect about 1 in… Read more

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