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Impact Overview 2016


Livelihoods training conducted by BasicNeeds Kenya Over the last sixteen years, BasicNeeds has been supporting people with mental illness or epilepsy to lead better lives by providing access to effective community-based mental health services; equipping them with skills and the ability to make choices and contribute to their families and communities; and empowering them to… Read more

March 27, 2017

Strengthening mental health services in Pakistan

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BasicNeeds began its work in Pakistan in 2011 and has been implementing the BasicNeeds Model in three districts in Sindh Province– Korangi, Malir and Matiairi, with the help of local partners. The five year project supported by the British Asian Trust and the Aman Foundation has successfully developed a community-based mental health programme and over… Read more

February 22, 2017

Training on Animation techniques in Southwest Detroit

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In early February 2017, BasicNeeds US partners, Southwest Solutions with support from the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, hosted BasicNeeds founder Chris Underhill to lead a training on Animation techniques in Southwest Detroit. Approximately 50 consumers and mental health providers from across the city came together to learn about and practice community animation techniques and… Read more

February 20, 2017

Scaling up mental health services in Shunping County, China


At the invitation of the Ministry of Health, BasicNeeds initiated some exploratory work in 2010 – 2011 in China. Following that, BasicNeeds China successfully completed a pilot project in Shunping County under Baoding Municipality. Based on the pilot’s achievements, BasicNeeds is currently scaling up access to mental health and development services in the region, and… Read more

January 27, 2017

Sustaining Children’s Clubs in Sri Lanka

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BasicNeeds’ current project in Sri Lanka is an unusual one as it focuses primarily on children’s mental health and well-being. The 2004 tsunami and a long civil war which ended in 2009 had a devastating impact on Batticaloa in the Eastern region of Sri Lanka. Coping with the aftermath of both a conflict and a… Read more

January 19, 2017

Highlights of 2016

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Thank you for making 2016 an incredible year for BasicNeeds! With your support, over 680,000 lives have been transformed since we began work in 2000. Check out the highlights of the year here.

December 16, 2016

BasicNeeds case study included in global mental health handbook

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BasicNeeds has been selected as a case study in the latest publication on global mental health titled ‘The Palgrave Handbook of Sociocultural Perspectives on Global Mental Health’. The handbook explores challenges and opportunities that exist in efforts aimed at addressing inequities in mental health provision across the globe. The case study ‘BasicNeeds: Scaling up Mental… Read more

November 28, 2016

The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2016

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Donate to BasicNeeds on from 12pm on #GivingTuesday 29th November and your donation will be doubled! BasicNeeds is excited to participate in The Big Give Christmas Challenge this year to raise funds for mental health services for the Nomadic Pastoralists in the Rift Valley of Kenya. This is a great way to have your donation… Read more

November 9, 2016

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