BasicNeeds Ghana, a mental health and development advocacy non-governmental organisation is 20 years today.
The Organisation was set-up and registered on April 12, 2002, with the vision of ensuring that people with mental illness or epilepsy live in dignity and satisfy their basic needs and exercise their basic rights.
BasicNeeds has contributed greatly to improving the lives of over 100,000 people with mental illness and their families in Ghana through awareness creation on mental health, aimed at stigma reduction and improved knowledge on mental illness, capacity building for various stakeholders on mental health issues, access to treatment services, sustained and secured livelihood for people with mental illness, influencing policy for inclusiveness and prioritization, as well as empowering people with mental illness through the self-help- groups for self-advocacy at district and national levels .
BasicNeeds-Ghana, today, celebrates 20 years of sustained mental health advocacy, 20 years of mental health awareness raising, 20 years of facilitating community mental health services in Ghana, 20 years of providing sustainable sources of livelihood for people with mental illness and 20 years of promoting anti -stigma campaigns in mental health.
The organisation has a number of activities lined up to celebrate its achievements from now until October 10, 2022.