MAC-UK engages with some of the UK’s most excluded and deprived young people who are most in need of support, but least likely to access it.
Its Integrate© model sees young people design and lead their own projects while a trained MAC-UK mental health worker works with them at their pace, in their territory, on their terms.
The MAC-UK model was recently cited as an example of best practice in a 2011 Home Office report, Ending Gang and Youth Violence, with its focus on improving mental health to reduce re-offending rates, and was cited in the Department of Health report Protecting People, Promoting Health, October 2012.
What the judges thought
'Engaging this audience on the issue of mental health is a challenge, and MAC-UK is taking a genuinely innovative approach. The organisation has done well to establish itself in five years and has gained a high profile as well as being ready to roll out learning to other parts of London.'