Young adults (18-24) in transition, mental health and criminal justice

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Bradley Commission briefing 2

19 March 2014

The briefing shows that almost all young adults in contact with the criminal justice system have multiple problems including mental ill health. Many lead chaotic lives that cause stress and distress. Yet many of the services that work with this group either end or begin at age 18, leaving young adults without effective support. The Commission did, however, find examples of services across the country that are using innovative ways of helping young adults through this difficult transition.

This is the second briefing from the Bradley Commission, reporting on areas that were under-developed in the Bradley Report from 2009, beginning with the needs of black and minority ethnic (BME) communities, then this on young adults and the third will concern people with personality disorder.

Audience: Mental health and criminal justice services, police, local commissioners.

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