One in three young people who offend have an unmet mental health need at the time of their offence. MAC-UK believes there is a serious and often-unrecognised problem of unmet mental health needs which are specific to young people involved in antisocial and /or gang related activity.
Founded in 2008, (national registered charity no. 11261440), MAC-UK’s Vision is to radically transform the delivery of mental health services for young people who offend or are at risk of offending. We work to achieve this Vision by making it our Mission to take mental health services out of the clinic and onto the streets to work with excluded young people where they are, when they need it.
MAC-UK has developed an innovative, evidence-based model called Integrate©, that is proving extremely effective in reaching out to deprived young people aged 16-25 years who are involved in highly anti-social and/or gang related activity. It is a radical approach taking what we know works in mental health and applying it in new ways. Integrate has received widespread acclaim and is now being tested at three pilot sites with new groups of young people over the next three years. Integrate offers a pioneering, long-term solution to the complex problem of poverty and youth offending.
MAC-UK also aim to address many of the social health inequalities that cause young people to have issues in the first place by removing much of the stigma and logistical obstacles around seeking help. We can achieve both by putting young people at the heart of its services and solutions. We also seek to positively influence social justice and mental health policy for excluded young people and for mental health to be placed at the heart of all interventions for this marginalised group.
Two projects specifically working with gangs are ran by MAC in Camden and Peckham.
See more at www.mac-uk.org