BasicNeedsIndia

BNI is a mental health agency with emphasis on rights and development approaches. The consultation with affected people and family members resulted in a comprehensive strategy in addressing mental health within their own communities, economic empowerment, social inclusion and human rights violation and research in relevant areas to advocate for their own entitlements and rights.

The purpose of this module is to assist individuals with mental illnesses in experiencing and acting upon their full potential as human beings in their own communities.

With the assistance of professionals and BNI staff, partner organisations receive training to design and implement care programmes in the community. People living with mental illnesses attend camps to receive treatment. Community-based follow up processes are set up. These include individual home visits and group meetings.

Local doctors are trained in basic psychiatry so that nearby services are available.

Self Help Groups comprising people living with mental illnesses and carers are formed.

BNI builds capabilities among a range of people - people living with mental illnesses, family members, carers, BNI staff members, staff members of CBOs and NGOs and psychiatric professionals, to adequately address mental health issues in various spheres.

BNI works continuously with CBOs and NGOs as a partner. Staff members of organisations are trained in animation techniques, process reporting, participatory evaluation, and basic research which involves information gathering. The training equips them with skills to bring affected people together and to address issues both within and outside communities.

The focus is on community development by working with people living with mental illnesses and their carers, recognizing that such people are discriminated against and marginalized.

BNI believes that poverty and social inequality have direct and indirect effects on the outcome and cause of mental illnesses.

Thus, involving people living with mental illnesses and family members in economically viable activities is a crucial step. The programme addresses the central issues of sustainable livelihoods and poverty alleviation. BNI has developed an approach that builds the confidence of people living with mental illnesses and addresses their treatment needs so as to permit them to engage fully in economic activities.

Ensuring gainful occupation is an essential part of a process that enhances confidence and facilitates integration into the family, community and society. Economic development programmes suitable for the individual and family members are designed. CBOs and NGOs are trained in identifying local resources and economic opportunities.

People living with mental illnesses form their own savings and credit groups or join other such existing groups in the community.

Necessary links are made with micro finance organisations and with locally based employment schemes run by the Government.

Life stories and other relevant empirical data are documented. These provide the basis for significant insights that influence the programme and are shared with other organisations. Partner organisations track changes in individuals. Factors influencing changes are recorded and made use of for people's benefit.

Advocacy work involves ensuring the implementation of existing government policies, influencing formation of new policies and enabling people to directly access government facilities.

A Board of Trustees comprising individuals who offer their services as custodians of the ethos of the organization governing Basic Needs India.

Partner organisations are assisted in the areas of Project Management that includes Finance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting.

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