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Research and analysis: Mental health: needs of gang-affiliated young people

Public Health England

January 20
13:08 2020

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

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

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
Last updated 20 January 2020 +show all updates
  1. Added information on Public Health England publishing an updated report on interventions to improve mental health and wellbeing of gang affiliated young people.

  2. First published.

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