Mental health is everywhere a subject that does not receive the attention that it merits nor the compassion that it deserves. Its capacity to create uncertainty and the complexity of its origins (and treatment) generates fear. When you compound this with the reality of poverty, the burden is extraordinary.
Basic Needs, that was founded in 1999, works to overcome this burden by giving people access to treatment, build deeper links with their communities, renew their livelihoods and campaign for change in how people are seen and treated.
It is a remarkable organization, of which I was a founding trustee, and this year it is one of the charities selected for the Guardian and Observer newspaper's Christmas appeal (see the above link).