Mental health: needs of gang-affiliated young people

Public Health England, 27 January 2015

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

Click here to download the briefing.