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.
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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
Professor Mark Bellis, Director of Policy, Research and Development at Public Health Wales
Published: 27 January 2015
From: Public Health England