Our Story

Modern society has brought about improved material values, but followed by social pressure, psychological distress, and dilemmas. Every day, we’re bound to face many stressful situations regarding finance, work, career path, study, family… All these issues, if not timely detected and tackled appropriately will get worse with time, affecting the quality of life of each individual, family, and community.

It’s not hard to find disheartening stories shared on journals or social media on how well-known artists gave up on their career, involved in substances abuse, or resorted to suicide; stories on how mothers ruined their children’s lives and their own; or students who failed the university entrance exams choosing to leave this life. Those are the stories that got the media’s attention because of the victims’ positions in society or the severity of the case. But in reality, the other hidden side still contains countless similar faces and unshared stories and the crisis keeps on deteriorating people’s mental lives.

With the aim to facilitate the release of stress, fatigue, and emotional pain as well as the adding of joy and positive energy to the mental health of Vietnamese people, BasicNeeds Viet Nam was founded in 2010 to establish a system that support community development and nurturing the Vietnamese people’s mental health.

Our Mission

The establishment and development of BasicNeeds Viet Nam is the outcome of combined efforts and will; It is the accomplishment of top community mental health experts with many years of experience in the field of research and facilitating pioneering intervention models and a forum for contributions to the betterment of the society. BasicNeeds Viet Nam has always been the partners of the health care system and health workers on the journey to support patients, to listen with empathy, and help them to overcome the hardships, sufferings, and dilemmas concerning personal aspects, familial and social relationships.

BasicNeeds Viet Nam strives to better take care of Vietnamese people’s mental health so that a person can have deeper understandings of the importance of mental and physical health, know how to well manage their stress, and prepare themselves with the necessary skills to overcome difficulties on the search for happiness and success in life.

Our Core Values

Provide fundamental, accurate scientific information on mental health and psychological health.

Contribute to the development of healthcare system in general and mental healthcare in particular with the aim to improve people’s quality of life.

Share and update on basic mental health knowledge professionally

Our Goals

1. Provide training services on the detection, treatment, and rehabilitation of common mental illnesses such as stress, anxiety and depression.

2. Raise people’s awareness on mental health and psychological aspects of life so that people can detect and find the most suitable ways to resolve their own problems.

3. Collaborate with businesses, schools, youth unions, and student associations… to organize conferences aimed at sharing updated scientific knowledge on mental health issues, equipping children, students, and the employed with necessary skills to detect and deal with common mental illnesses such as stress, depression, and anxiety.

4. Provide quality community based mental health care services.

Our Team

Ms. Nguyen Thanh Tam


Mr. Nguyen Van Manh

Training Specialists

Mrs. Pham Hai Binh

Executive Director

15 years of experience in the field of community based mental health care, has partnered with top global mental health experts: Prof., Dr. Vikram Patell (the author of Where There is No Psychiatrist), Chris Underhill (won an Ashoka Award and Skoll Award on innovations in the field of mental health, knighted by Queen Elizabeth II as MBE for his contributions to the community)

Master Degree in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology, 10 years of experience in community mental health, psychological counseling and treatment, social studies and sustainable development, project manager of World Population Foundation in Viet Nam.

20 years of experience in administration, management and finance in international non-governmental organizations.