#CharityAccelerator 2017: MAC-UK
Posted on July 31, 2017 by 0 comments 0 likes
TRANSFORMING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR EXCLUDED YOUNG PEOPLE
MAC-UK work to transform mental health service delivery for excluded young people who offend or are at risk of offending to effect positive change.
Excluded young people involved in gangs and anti-social behaviour are among the 5% who commit 50% of youth crime. The young people behind these statistics are often the poorest and most marginalised in our society, dealing with domestic violence, abuse, neglect, leaving care and homelessness. One in three young people who offend have an unmet mental health need that can result in anti-social behaviour and violence.
Sinem Cakir, CEO, is highly energised to start the Rainmaker Foundation’s Charity Accelerator programme. “At MAC-UK, our challenge over the next few years is to build capacity … we want to grow adoption of our approach.”
MAC-UK delivers mental health therapies to some of the UK’s most excluded and deprived young people who are most in need of mental health support but least likely to access it. They take what we know works in the clinic on to the streets where excluded young people are, where they need it, when they need it – on a bus, in a stairwell or whilst waiting at court. This ‘Streetherapy’© is at the core of their Integrate©model. It is a flexible approach led by teams of mental health clinicians. The aim is ultimately to bridge young people in to existing services by breaking down the barriers between young people and the services they so desperately need. This innovative approach takes what MAC-UK know works from the mental health field, and delivers it in a highly adaptive and flexible way.