BasicNeeds works to bring about a lasting change in the lives of mentally ill people around the world.

Mental illness is a problem that is often ignored and this is especially the case in the poorest countries in the world. With an often complete lack of locally available, free mental health care, desperately poor mentally ill people stand little hope of recovery.

Working with mentally ill people, rather than just for them, we have built an innovative approach to the problem that tackles mentally ill peoples' poverty, as well as their illness.

Using the Model for Mental Health and Development, we help mentally ill people start to earn a living after they have been given access to regular, community-based treatment. We also work with communities to overcome stigma and abuse. At the heart of our work is consultation with mentally ill people and the drive to work with them to help them solve their problems.

So far we have helped transform the lives of tens of thousands of mentally ill people.

We work with both people with mental illnesses and people with epilepsy. Medically, epilepsy isn’t a mental illness. However, in the poor countries where we work people with epilepsy are taken to psychiatric services for treatment and face the same problems of poverty and stigma that other mentally ill people face. That’s why we make sure we include people with epilepsy in all of our work.

Read more about the problems that poor mentally ill people face and our work to help them using the links on the left.