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BasicNeeds wins most votes among League of Legends gaming community

Posted on November 20, 2017 by Comments are off

Shiva lives in Nepal and is recovering from depression.

Video game developer Riot Games, will donate at least £1 million to improve the lives of people living with mental illness after BasicNeeds won the most votes among players of their game “League of Legends”.

80% of people affected by mental illness live in low- or middle-income countries, where most have little or no access to treatment.  Many live in extreme poverty, facing isolation, rejection and abuse. Mental health conditions such as depression are the leading cause of disability worldwide, often leading to immense suffering and limiting a person’s ability to live independently, earn a living or participate in their community.

Anxiety and depression are recognised issues in the gaming community, the fact that Riot Games, the organisation behind one of the most successful online games: League of Legends, are taking such pro-active steps to help destigmatize and promote awareness of these issues is very encouraging.

Adrian Sell, Chief Executive of BasicNeeds says: “We are honoured that Riot Games have chosen BasicNeeds as one of the three charities to benefit from their charity fund and delighted that the League of Legends community have chosen to support people with mental health problems in the world’s poorest places. Globally, millions of people living with mental illnesses are deprived of treatment and support. This affects their ability to actively participate in domestic, social and economic activities thus limiting their opportunities to lead a better life. Mental illness impacts not just the sufferer but also family members who take on caring roles which reduces their capacity to engage in productive work. The funds received will help us to make a real difference to many more people with mental illness and their families in the places where help is most needed.”

League of Legends players answered the call to vote for 3 charities: BasicNeeds, Learning Equality and Raspberry Pi, during the 2017 World Championships. The final donation pool which is atleast £2 million, was raised through purchases of Championship Ashe and the 2017 Championship ward. 4,039,022 players voted for one of the three charities and votes were multiplied based on the player’s Honor level. As the winning organisation, BasicNeeds will receive 50% of the donation, with the remainder split between the other two charities.

A big thank you to Riot Games and to the League of Legends community for supporting people with mental health problems in the world’s poorest places.

For more information, read the Riot Games official statement.

Image: Shiva, who lives in a remote village in Nepal, suffers from severe depression. Thanks to the support of BasicNeeds’ local partner in Nepal – LEADS, Shiva is now better able to manage his condition and helps his wife run the house. 

Lord Blunkett highlights the importance of mental health

Posted on November 8, 2017 by Comments are off

Lord Blunkett highlights the importance of mental health

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett has highlighted the need to improve mental health support for people in the world’s poorest communities. Speaking at a reception at the House of Lords on 1st November which he hosted on behalf of CBM and BasicNeeds, Lord Blunkett pointed out the scale of this global challenge and how more needs to be done to ensure that no one is left behind.

“If we know that mental health is a massive issue here in the UK, imagine the scale of the problem in developing countries…”

The reception brought together parliamentarians, BasicNeeds & CBM supporters and international development sector leaders to raise awareness of the exclusion faced by people with disabilities, especially those living with psychosocial disabilities caused by mental health conditions.

80% of people with mental health problems live in low-and middle-income countries.  In low-income countries, people are more likely to experience poverty, unemployment, migration, and poor health and education systems, all of which increase vulnerability to mental illness. Depression alone is a leading cause of disability worldwide, often causing immense suffering and preventing people from earning a living or participating in their community.

Adrian highlighting BasicNeeds' work at the House of Lords eventBasicNeeds Chief Executive Adrian Sell spoke about how mental health conditions such depression and anxiety are on the rise in the UK especially among children and those in the workplace. An environment that should be nurturing and supportive is currently at risk of disabling and harming people’s well-being. He also emphasized on the global mental health treatment gap: in low- and middle-income countries, between 76%-85% of people with mental disorders receive no treatment, compared to 35-50% in high-income countries.

Adrian explained how BasicNeeds and CBM’s work over several years has helped people living with mental health conditions to access the treatment and support that they need. The recent merger between CBM UK and BasicNeeds presents a big opportunity to reach out to many more people in need of help. By combining the innovation and entrepreneurial approach of BasicNeeds with the global reach and infrastructure of CBM we have the potential to take mental health to scale and will unleash the potential of millions of people around the world.

Last chance to vote for BasicNeeds & change lives around the world

Posted on November 2, 2017 by Comments are off

Deng who is recovering from schizophrenia is now back on her feet and is happy to be earning an income by selling flowers.

As the finals for the League of Legends World Championships 2017 draws near, there are only 3 days left for gamers to vote for their favourite charity. Voting ends on 5 November 2017 at 11:59 pm PT.

People living with mental illness in low-and middle-income countries are some of the world’s most marginalised people. Many endure prejudice and abuse and are deprived of access to treatment and opportunities to lead a better life.

“When my situation worsened, my family hid me, they did not want anybody to see or know about me.” – Doris in Ghana, who suffered from chronic depression.

Anxiety and depression are recognised issues in the gaming community and it is laudable that Riot Games, the organisation behind one of the most successful online games: League of Legends, are taking such pro-active steps to help destigmatize and promote awareness of these issues.

Adrian Sell, Chief Executive of BasicNeeds said, “Riot Games’ support is a great recognition of BasicNeeds’ work in mental health over the last seventeen years. It’s a fantastic opportunity for gamers to be involved and help such an important cause and we encourage everyone to vote for us. Your support will enable us to increase our impact through strengthening existing services and developing interventions in new areas.”

Fifty year old Deng from Lao PDR suffering from schizophrenia used to wander around in rags or sometimes without clothes. She came into contact with BasicNeeds through a community consultation meeting. Through the programme she was registered with the district hospital and is currently under treatment and is visited by the district mental health team trained by BasicNeeds Lao PDR on a regular basis. With the support of the team, Deng was able to get back on her feet. She now sells flowers at a local shop, the flowers are offered by worshippers at the Buddhist temple. On some days, Deng also works in local gardens to clear weeds. She is very happy with her recovery and is pleased to be earning an income.

Deng was fortunate to receive treatment and support within her community, an opportunity that few people are lucky enough to have.

recent study informed by BasicNeeds’ data found that for every $1 invested in scaling up treatment of mental illnesses like depression and anxiety (primarily through psychosocial counselling and medication), we see a return of $4 worth of value in the form of better health and increased ability to work.

You can help make a difference to many more lives by voting for BasicNeeds.

Your vote will enable BasicNeeds to strengthen its existing services and reach out to many more people in places where better mental health services are desperately needed.  It will also help BasicNeeds develop the tools to share the knowledge and experience with others who want to do the same.

Every vote counts, and every purchase of Championship Ashe and the 2017 Championship Ward adds to the donation pool. Both are available in the League store until November 5, 2017 at 11:59 PM PT.

“If not for BasicNeeds I would not be alive” – Karen from Kenya, who suffered from depression.

Want to know more about global mental health? Find out here:

Making mental health a global development priority (video)

World Health Organization

Here are some examples of BasicNeeds’ work featured on:

BBC Radio 4: Healing in Ghana - highlighting BasicNeeds’ work in collaboration with prayer camps, support groups and policy makers.

Virgin Unite: Changing a nation’s perspective on mental health (blog) – Lao PDR

Riot Games!

Posted on September 18, 2017 by Comments are off

BasicNeeds are delighted to be one of three charities being supported by Riot Games, the organisation behind one of the most successful online games: League of Legends

BasicNeeds will benefit from a fundraising campaign through the Riot Games 2017 World Championships. Gamers are encouraged to vote for BasicNeeds through the in-game voting system that will decide what portion of the final charity pot we receive. Voting ends on 5 November 2017 at 11:59 pm PTRead more about how their charity fund works.

BasicNeeds were chosen by Riot Games due to our international focus on promoting positive mental health in low and middle income countries. Anxiety and depression are recognised issues in the gaming community and it is laudable that Riot Games are taking such pro-active steps to help destigmatize and promote awareness of the issues.

Looking forward to working with Riot Games, BasicNeeds’ Chief Executive Officer, Adrian Sell, said “Riot Games’ support is a glowing endorsement of our success over the last sixteen years. We have built a model for work and demonstrated that there are effective ways of addressing mental ill-health in low and middle income countries. Riot Games’ support will enable us to increase our impact through strengthening existing services and developing interventions in new areas.”

Improving the lives of people with mental illness: BasicNeeds UK merges with CBM UK

Posted on July 21, 2017 by Comments are off

People living with mental illness in low-and middle-income countries are some of the world’s most marginalised people. Mental health conditions such as depression are the leading cause of disability worldwide, often causing immense suffering and preventing people from earning a living or participating in their community. BasicNeeds is therefore excited to announce our merger with leading disability organisation, CBM UK thus creating a new strong global voice on mental health in development.

Adrian Sell, CEO of BasicNeeds says:

“I am delighted that we are able to announce the merger of CBM UK and BasicNeeds UK. For over seventeen years BasicNeeds has been a highly effective and influential international NGO that has developed a way of reaching the poorest to improve their mental health. Founded in 2000, BasicNeeds has developed a model for working that has been tested in fifteen countries across four continents. We have successfully reached over 700,000 people affected by mental illness and epilepsy and their family members in a very wide range of resource poor settings across Africa and Asia.

Like CBM’s founder Pastor Ernst Christoffel a hundred years before him, BasicNeeds’ founder Chris Underhill MBE was moved to help people who were being neglected by others. In Chris’s case he saw that those with mental health problems had needs that were often not even acknowledged by their community or society. BasicNeeds has helped to move the world from ignoring the plight of people with mental illness to a position where, today, there is growing interest and research into how we can respond effectively to the needs of people with mental ill health in developing countries. By demonstrating that something can be done, BasicNeeds has both improved people’s lives and helped to persuade funders and policy makers to act.

Building on this success BasicNeeds is excited by the potential of joining with CBM to greatly increase the positive impact we can have on people with mental health problems. Through working together we can combine our expertise and resources and become a leading global voice and source of expertise on mental health in development.”

Kirsty Smith, Chief Executive of CBM UK says:

“For many people, the word disability still conjures up a picture of a person using a wheelchair or a white stick, but in fact mental health conditions are the world’s leading cause of disability, affecting over 450 million people at any given time.  And while the UK is seeing, at long last, increasing awareness of and commitment to invest in mental health, the situation in low- and middle-income countries where 8 out of 10 people with mental disorders live, is very different. There, most people have no access to mental health treatment or support. The extent of the suffering this causes, and the social and economic cost, is shocking. 

From its foundation, CBM has been driven to reach those whom others leave behind. More than a century ago, our founder Pastor Ernst Christoffel was moved to help blind street children whom others barely noticed. Ever since, CBM has been working to help men, women and children with disabilities, and those at risk of disability, recognizing that they’re often the poorest and most excluded in their communities. Since 2002, we’ve been working to support people with mental health conditions in the world’s poorest places. This exciting merger with BasicNeeds will help us expand and develop our mental health work alongside our important programmes supporting people affected by blindness and other types of disability, to help meet this huge and neglected need.”

Thanks to the merger, BasicNeeds mental health programmes in 9 countries in Africa and Asia will continue and become stronger thanks to CBM’s global infrastructure and support. For its part, CBM sees the potential to strengthen their work on mental health to complement its existing strengths in disability inclusive development.

Through working together we can combine our expertise and resources and become a leading global voice and source of expertise on mental health in development.

Mental health around the world

- More than 450 million people globally will have a mental health problem at any time. One in four people worldwide will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.

- Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. Mental disorders are responsible for more than 10% of the global disease burden.

- 80% of people with mental health problems live in low-and middle-income countries.  In low-income countries, people are more likely to experience poverty, unemployment, migration, and poor health and education systems, all of which increase vulnerability to mental illness.

- In low- and middle-income countries, between 76%-85% of people with mental disorders receive no treatment, compared to 35-50% in high-income countries.

- See more at World Health Organisation Fact file on mental health

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