For Francis in Ghana, mental illness meant being held captive, with his legs shackled through a hole carved in a log. Francis was left like this for a year and a half as a form of treatment for his spiraling psychosis.
Sadly, stories like this are not uncommon among the 330 million people suffering from mental disorders in low and middle income countries. There is often no or very poor access to essential treatment and support.
BasicNeeds creates better lives for those living with mental illness. Our community based approach enables people like Francis to access treatment, gives them the opportunity to earn an income and helps them to re-integrate themselves successfully into their families and communities.
“I felt very sad and neglected having my leg pinned to a log and it was very painful. I am thankful to BasicNeeds for this transformation in my life. But for you, I would not have been alive today…I am back to teaching and my wife is helping me cultivate our small piece of land in front of our house. Together we shall regain our dignity”
Francis is now a respected teacher, and advocates for a better understanding of mental illness among the community in which he lives.
Since 2000, BasicNeeds has transformed the lives of over 617,000 people with mental health conditions; however, this is just a drop in the ocean. By supporting us, you can make a difference to the lives of many more people like Francis.
Help us give more people with mental illness the chance of a better future.
A donation of $50 can fund a comprehensive mental health care and income generating project for an affected individual for a month.
$300 will help us to pay for a psychiatrist to travel to rural areas to diagnose and treat affected persons.
This is the final week and we are asking for your help during the final push!
Together we can ensure that the basic needs of people with mental illness living in poverty are met. We can give them the chance to thrive within the families and communities they live in.