On World Mental Health Day 2017, Pro Bono Economics has published a report for MAC-UK exmaining the impact of their Music & Change project in Camden, which ran from 2008 to 2015. This was their founding project, and pioneered their INTEGRATE approach, which places mental health workers directly within settings and activities led by young people, allowing them to offer vulnerable individuals the help they need so badly.
MAC-UK's work is based around the notion of youth violence being a public health issue: 1 in 3 young people who offend have an unmet mental health need at the time of offence. These people are often excluded from mental health services, and as such their problems are overlooked. MAC-UK take their services directly to young people who need them most, but are unlikely to seek help, aiming to connect these people with existing services in the long term. They hope this flexible approach will help offer solutions to the issue of youth violence.
PBE's report for the charity aims to explore the impact of their Music & Change project in Camden. Through analysis of the available monetary and activity data, volunteers Emily Hutchison and George Agathangelou were able to provide guidance on the required outcomes for the project to provide a positive economic impact. The report explores the level of benefits that would justify the the cost of the project, in terms of improvement in employment, wellbeing or anti-social behaviour.