MAC-UK is revolutionising the way mental health services are delivered to young people who offend. We take what works in the clinic out onto the streets, to work with young people where and when they need it.
“MAC-UK are an exceptional charity, working in some of North London’s most challenging neighbourhoods – with some of the area’s most challenging young people. They have swiftly proven their ability to deliver time and again. We would estimate that the reoffending rates amongst their core group of young people – those who have been known to the police for some time – have fallen by approximately 70%. That’s a remarkable achievement – and is just one of the reasons why I hold them in such high regard. They are making a lasting difference out on the streets.”
Prof. John Pitts
“I have recently come to know of this project and the people who work in it. It is unique and increasingly influential in the UK – representing the cutting edge of outreach initiatives with gang-involved young people with the added component of a mental health orientation. I think the model they have developed has a great deal to teach us and universal application.”
Prof. Sue Bailey
Mental health has been sidelined in the discussion about how to tackle gangs and youth violence for far too long. MAC-UK’s approach is refreshing as it recognises how crucial it is that health and justice services have to work together in order to make headway and come up with real, long term solutions.