Our Approach

Linking mental health and development

BasicNeeds recognizes that to bring about and sustain positive change, mental health, social, and economic issues must be addressed concurrently. Our model consists of five modules:

Capacity building. Building the capacity of our partners, including self help user groups, NGOs, government health workers, and community-based workers.

Community mental health. Mobilizing psychiatric clinicians from the public sector and community health workers to provide mental health services in community health centers.

Sustainable livelihoods. Supporting individuals with mental disorders, their families, and self help user groups in engaging in productive activities.

Research and policy. Bridging the gap between policy and practice by conducting research on program outcomes and coordinating mental health policy reforms.

Management and administration. Managing partnerships, human resources, accounts, and information systems that inform effective program planning.