Research and analysis

Mental health: needs of gang-affiliated young people

A briefing on the burden of mental illness faced by young people involved with gangs, part of the 'Ending Gang and Youth Violence' programme.


The mental health needs of gang-affiliated young people

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This briefing aims to understand and address the mental health needs of gang-affiliated young people, and outlines the:

  • extent of mental illness in gang members
  • relationships between gang-affiliation and poor mental health
  • shared risk factors that contribute to both

It also emphasises the need for a life course approach to prevention that:

  • addresses risk factors
  • promotes resilience in young people
  • provides appropriate support for vulnerable young people

The briefing summarises evidence of the types of interventions that can:

  • protect children from antisocial behaviour and poor mental health
  • treat mental illness in vulnerable young people

Dr Charlie Howard, MAC-UK, Catch22 Fellow and Clinical Psychologist

Mental health needs of gang-affiliated young people: Dr Charlie Howard, MAC-UK

Professor Mark Bellis, Director of Policy, Research and Development at Public Health Wales

Mental health needs of gang-affiliated young people – Professor Mark Bellis

Published 27 January 2015