Organization: Basic Needs
Country: Africa; Asia
Forum: Mental health
BasicNeeds was founded in 2000 with the aim of addressing the hugely under-resourced and often neglected issue of mental health. Their Mental Health and Development Model is designed to empower people with mental health problems living in poverty through community-oriented treatment and self-help support. The model comprises five inter-linking modules designed to address service users’ medical, social, and economic needs:
Interventions are designed around these themes, taking into account the local needs and context and making best use of local resources.
In the 14 years since its foundation, BasicNeeds had reached over 617,000 people. They monitor and assess their impact quarterly, and have reported the following:
There are plans to continue to expand the programme and use findings to influence government policy to support community based mental health development oriented approach.