mental health is a right, not a privilege

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  • Community Mental Health
    Community Mental Health

    Through regular organisation of outreach clinics, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals bring treatment services to remote and hard to reach areas. This enables people with mental illness and epilepsy in these areas to access treatment in a cost-effective manner.

  • Livelihood Support
    Livelihood Support

    By supporting people with mental illness and epilepsy to acquire skills, our interventions are making sure that they are able to gain income in a sustainble way. This makes them feel useful to themselves, their families and their communities. But it is not all about the money they would make since it also contributes to their recovery.

  • Capacity Building
    Capacity Building

    By making it possible for (mental) health professionals to develop their knowledge in latest trends in mental health service delivery, we are contributing to positive mental health outcomes for people with mental illness and epilepsy all over the country, especially in hard to reach areas.

  • Collaboration

    Working with other institutions and civil society organisations, BasicNeeds-Ghana is able to execute its mandate of ensuring that people with mental illness and epilepsy can access treatment, get better and subsequently become productive to themselves and their families.

  • Productivity

    People with mental illness and epilepsy are capable of engaging in productive and income generating activities once they are stabilised. Livelihood support is not only a means by which people with mental illness earn income, but also a means through which they can contribute productively to developing themselves, their families and communities at large.

  • Mental Illness is Treatable
    Mental Illness is Treatable

    Mental illness and epilepsy are not communicable but they can afflict anyone irrespective of age, gender, race or creed. With proper treatment, these conditions can be properly managed thereby enabling people affected by them to go about their activities normally. 


  • Capacity Building
    Capacity Building
  • Self Help Groups
    Self Help Groups
  • Livelihood Support
    Livelihood Support
  • Awareness Creation
    Awareness Creation
  • Self Advocacy
    Self Advocacy
  • In South Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) supports the Ministry of Health and works with 67 Health Cluster partners to provide health services within a country disrupted by conflict. Since December 2013, conflict has displaced some 2.3 million people, including 1.6 million internally displaced persons.

    “South Sudan is a country that is affected by complex emergencies resulting from prolonged conflict, climate change, a broken health system and outbreaks of communicable diseases,” said Dr Abdulmumini Usman, WHO Representative in South Sudan.
  • In the last few months, a number of attacks against health-care workers, medical transports and facilities have taken place in several countries, like Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen to mention a few. These incidents are taking place in countries with fragile health-care systems that are already struggling to treat the numbers of people affected by the ongoing conflicts there. In some cases, the situation is made yet worse by the restrictions placed on aid workers, preventing them from getting to the people who need them.

News Flash

  • Living With Schizophrenia: A Concern For All

    BasicNeeds-Ghana marked the 2014 mental health day celebration through a series of events. These activities were organised so that enough attention could be drawn to the theme of this year’s celebration “Living with Schizophrenia – A Concern for All.” These events were organised in Tamale, Bolgatanga and Accra.

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  • BasicNeeds Ghana Holds Partners' Review Meeting in Tamale

    The year has begun for us on a very active note. On 16th and 17th January, 2015, BasicNeeds Ghana and partners met in Tamale to discuss preliminary findings of the Grand Challenges funded assessment of BasicNeeds Ghana project impact.

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  • News Release: Canada Announces $1 Million Investment To Improve Mental Health In African Nations

    January 27, 2015

    Grand Challenges Canada funds innovative social franchising of BasicNeeds’ Mental Health and Development Model

    Toronto, Canada – Grand Challenges Canada today announced an investment in an innovative social franchise approach to scale up the treatment and support of mental illness in resource-poor countries. The approach has been developed by international mental health and development NGO BasicNeeds, to ensure their award-winning model for those living with mental illness reaches as many people in need as possible.