To mark MAC-UK's 10th birthday, the researchers over at Centre for Mental Health have published a briefing paper on ten years of evidence from the INTEGRATE approach.

The INTEGRATE approach, developed over ten years of practice working alongside excluded young people in local communities, is made up of a series of principles. When these principles are put into practice by clinically-informed, lived experience teams of people, and begin to influence the systems around young people, they bring about the following positive change:

Engagement - Previously marginalised young people make trusted relationships and have a positive experience of seeking help.

Mental Wellbeing - There is a significant improvement of the group's mental wellbeing over the course of young people's engagement.

Employment, Education and uptake of other services - INTEGRATE successfully increases the proportion of excluded young people engaging in education, employment and training.

Offending - Young people describe how the holistic support from an INTEGRATE project has a significant role in keeping them "away from trouble" and enables them to think about the choices in their life, opening up different options.

Creating Social Change - Finding expression for their experience of communities and social context, young people's wellbeing, relationships and sense of agency improves and is brought about by positive contribution and dialogue within a team.

The Centre for Mental Health's briefing paper on ten years of evidence is published online, here.

You can find the more detailed evaluation reports for each of MAC-UK's INTEGRATE projects published online, here.