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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

BasicNeeds projects celebrate World Mental Health Day

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The month of October marks the importance of global mental health. Every year the World Health Organisation (WHO) highlights a particular theme for 10th October, World Mental Health Day, and this year, the focus was on ‘psychological first aid’. Our programmes and partners across the globe celebrated this day through various activities. Here is a… Read more

November 7, 2016

#GivingTuesday – 29th November

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#GivingTuesday, a global day of giving, takes place on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Whether it’s making a donation, fundraising or just spreading the word at the start of the Christmas shopping season, #GivingTuesday aims to encourage people and businesses to donate their time, their money or their voice to help a good cause. How… Read more

November 3, 2016

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