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BasicNeeds wins most votes among League of Legends gaming community

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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… Read more

November 20, 2017

Lord Blunkett highlights the importance of mental health

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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… Read more

November 8, 2017

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


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… Read more

November 2, 2017

Riot Games!

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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… Read more

September 18, 2017

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

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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… Read more

July 21, 2017

BasicNeeds Annual Report 2016


We are delighted to share with you our Annual Report for 2016. With your support, over 686,000 lives have been transformed since we began work in 2000. Over the years, we have seen great improvements in people’s access to community-based mental health treatment, their ability to work and be involved in family and community life. Thank… Read more

April 20, 2017

World Health Day 2017

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The theme of this year’s World Health Day campaign celebrated on 7th April, is ‘Depression: Let’s talk’. Depression is a common mental health disorder and globally more than 300 million people of all ages suffer. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.… Read more

April 7, 2017

BasicNeeds Programme Evaluator’s study visit to Ghana


In 2014, BasicNeeds received a grant from Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) to scale up our community-based mental health care and support in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya through a social franchise approach.  This grant has provided the opportunity for BasicNeeds staff to mentor and support other organisations in these countries to increase their capacity and ability… Read more

March 30, 2017

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