MAC-UK advocate for a new, place and asset based approach to providing mental health support. They go to wherever gang-affected young people are, basing the work in the heart of their communities providing flexible and responsive Streetherapy.
They factor in and address the local environmental conditions under which young people are struggling to thrive, because through taking a social model of mental health, they recognise that young people’s mental health is not just what’s in their heads, it’s about what is in their worlds, thus we work with them, and their strengths to address the wider risk factors around them. They build relationships that will open up access to much needed mental health support via a skilled and trusted workforce. Young people have much to offer that will enable better services, so they start from the principle that young people are part of the solution and then build it, together with them.