D M Naidu, Founder Director, was instrumental in experimenting and promoting Community Mental Health and Development Model in association with Chris Underhill, Basic Needs UK in Bangalore. Groundwork began in 2000 and the organization Basic Needs India was registered as a Trust in March 2001.


Basic Needs India seeks to satisfy the essential needs of all people with mental illness in India and to ensure that their basic rights are respected and fulfilled.


The basic of all work is listening to the voices of people living with mental illness and involving affected people right from the very beginning in planning how situations may be handled. People's opinions play a crucial role in dialogue that shapes development processes.

The first step is developing right partnership through identifying community-based organizations (CBOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who are willing to include the needs of people with mental illness in their ongoing developmental work. Then, BNI works with their staff, facilitating appropriate orientation and capacity building processes through training and handholding in the areas of mental health, economic empowerment, social inclusion etc.


BNI, with partner organizations worked in parts 56 districts in rural Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa and Maharashtra and urban poor in Bangalore City.

Currently BNI works in 5 states

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