Chris Underhill

Job role: 
Founder President
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Brief Biography: 

Chris Underhill is a global expert in the delivery of health and rehabilitation systems to very poor people.  He is a serial social entrepreneur and his latest organisation, BasicNeeds, concerns the delivery of a holistic Model to mentally ill people and people with epilepsy in some of the poorest countries of the world. 

Chris is a Senior Fellow with the Ashoka Fellowship, a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and most recently he has been selected as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur. 

The BasicNeeds Model for Mental Health and Development is recognised as a significant innovation in community mental health care delivery combining medical, social, economic and personal aspects into one successful programme. Over 634,500 beneficiaries having been served in the BasicNeeds global programme. 

Previous organisations founded by Chris include Action on Disability and Development and Thrive, and in 2000 Chris was made an MBE by her Majesty the Queen for his services to disability and development.  

Regions of interest: 
Middle East
Disorders of interest: 
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
Alcohol/drug use disorders
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

My contributions

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BasicNeeds Mental Health and Development Model

A five-module program model emphasizing community-oriented treatment and self-help support
All disorders
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Canada announces $1 million investment to improve mental health in African nations

GCC announces an investment in a social franchise approach to scale up treatment & support of mental illness in resource poor countries
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Breaking Through Depression: What is the best way to reach people suffering from depression in resource-poor settings?

Chris Underhill shares his latest blog, Breaking Through Depression, ahead of The World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2015
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Chris Underhill, the Social Entrepreneur behind BasicNeeds Intl

Chris Underhill is a global expert in the delivery of health and rehabilitation systems to very poor people. The organisation he founded, BasicNeeds, has served over 617,000 people affected by mental illness and epilepsy across 12 countries. 

Sign up as a MHIN member to post your questions to Chris as comments on his Ask an Expert page, or Tweet your questions to @MHInnovation #GMHExpert. Throughout the month of September, Chris will be answering your questions here.

September 2014