Our Mission

Focusing on poverty and human rights

BasicNeeds believes that mental health is a right, not a privilege. For millions of people around the world, this is not the case. For them, mental illness is a world of poverty, stigma and isolation. BasicNeeds transforms lives by providing access to integrated health, social, and economic services for people with mental disorders and epilepsy in the world’s poorest communities. In the process, we empower individuals, involve families and communities in social change, and partner with other organizations to influence public opinion and policy.

Our mission is to enable people with mental disorders to live and work successfully in their own communities.

BasicNeeds currently has programs operating in Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Sri Lanka, Lao PDR, Vietnam, China, Pakistan, and Nepal.