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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
On 17 January 2020, Public Health England published an updated report on interventions to improve mental health and wellbeing of gang affiliated young people.
Dr Charlie Howard, MAC-UK, Catch22 Fellow and Clinical Psychologist