Welcome to BasicNeeds US

BasicNeeds US is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization serving the health, social, and economic needs of people with mental illnesses and neurological disorders in the world’s poorest communities. BasicNeeds’ focus is on grant making, technical assistance, and advocacy for the people in these communities.  We partner with BasicNeeds UK Trust to support work initiated by founder Chris Underhill and to promote the implementation of the BasicNeeds’ Model for Mental Health and Development in developing countries.  BasicNeeds currently has programs operating in Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Sri Lanka, Lao PDR, Vietnam, China, Pakistan, and Nepal.

To learn more about our BasicNeeds’ partner organizations, please visit www.basicneeds.org

“BasicNeeds has proved that by working with people with mental disorders and their families in a holistic and participative way, their mental health can be improved and their levels of poverty reduced.”

- Jeffrey Sachs, United Nations Special Advisor on the Millenium Development Goals