Posted By on April 27, 2012 11:09 am

BasicNeeds is expanding across the world through social franchising, with the mission of bringing a lasting change in the lives of mentally-ill people around the world. Mental illness is often ignored, especially in developing countries. With an often complete lack of locally available, free mental healthcare, desperately poor mentally ill people stand little hope of recovery. Working with mentally ill people, rather than just for them, BasicNeeds 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, BasicNeed help mentally ill people start to earn a living after they have been given access to regular, community-based treatment. They also work with communities to overcome stigma and abuse. At the heart of their work is consultation with mentally ill people and the drive to work with them to help them solve their problems.