About Basic Needs India
Basic Needs India Trust grew out of the belief that the rights of people who experience mental illnesses, especially those who are poor, must be addressed not only at an individual level but also in the context of the wider community.Basic Needs India (BNI) was registered as a Trust in 2001. We engage people with mental illness and their care givers in processes that are mutually enhancing by involving them in their own development and in the development of the community where they live. The underlying charter is that mental health issues must be seen not only in medical terms but just as importantly, as human rights issues. Our approach to health care is one that includes people with mental illnesses in immediate and larger developmental processes, with the active participation of community members. Basic Needs India hopes to generate sensitivity and influence public opinion around mental health issues.