BasicNeeds is an international development organisation that was founded in 2000 by Chris Underhill after an initial encounter with tortured and caged mentally ill people within a hospital compound in Africa.
Mental health is hugely under-resourced and neglected as a health issue and therefore BasicNeeds works to bring about a lasting change in the lives of mentally ill people around the world.
Our vision is that the basic needs of all people with mental illness and epilepsy throughout the world are met and their basic rights are recognised and respected.
Our mission is to enable people with mental illness or epilepsy and their families to live and work successfully in their communities by combining health, socio-economic and community orientated solutions with changes in policy, practice and resource allocation.
Since our inception, we have reached over half a million beneficiaries including mentally ill people, their carers and family members in the countries that we work in. BasicNeeds now aims to replicate, scale up and reach out to at least one million more mentally ill people and their families over the next five years. In order to achieve this, we will collaborate with a range of local, national and international partners to build on our achievements and accelerate the global implementation of the BasicNeeds Model using a combination of the following vehicles:
Programmes: consolidating our gains, we will maintain existing country programmes and transition programmes to independence. We will work towards achieving a sustainability strategy for each country programme.
Social franchises: building on our reputation, we will develop and manage new social franchises where appropriate. Empowering and supporting other organisations to take on independent delivery of the BasicNeeds MHD Model will enable us to expand its reach in a sustainable and cost effective manner, whilst ensuring that quality and local leadership remain central to the delivery and BasicNeeds brand.
Services and products: we will develop and deliver a range of services and products to support all our scale up plans.