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Sharing experiences of improving mental health in Africa

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Experts from mental health programmes in Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria gathered in London last week to share learning about the most effective ways to support people with mental health conditions in Africa. The five-day learning event was hosted by BasicNeeds UK, which has been part of the CBM family since 2017. It brought together three… Read more

January 24, 2018

Chief Executive of BasicNeeds UK meets self-help groups in Gushegu, Ghana

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During his visit to the BasicNeeds Ghana programme in December 2017, Adrian Sell, Chief Executive of BasicNeeds UK, visited Gushegu and met with members of seven self-helps groups. Adrian shares his experience: Despite it being a Saturday and not normally a working day in Ghana several staff took time to take me on a visit… Read more

January 4, 2018

Make a difference this Christmas…


December is finally here and with it our thoughts turn to what to buy our loved ones this Christmas. Before lists and stocking fillers take over though, spare a thought to those with mental illnesses who remain wrapped in chains and denied opportunities. Here’s how you can help: Support a person access mental health care… Read more

December 18, 2017

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

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