Traumatic brain injury costs a total of £15 billion nationally every year and puts young people at a higher risk of poor mental health and offending, according to research published today by Centre for Mental Health.

Traumatic brain injury and offending: an economic analysis finds that head injuries (in which the brain is damage by impact, such as from a fall, a road accident or violence) double a person’s risk of later mental illness. These injuries dramatically increase the risk of earlier death, and can play a significant role in increasing the risk of future offending – by up to 50% according to some studies.

The report is funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, which also supported an evaluation of The Disabilities Trust’s brain injury linkworker service at two young offender institutions as part of its Transition to Adulthood (T2A) programme, also launched on 12th July 2016.

See the full press release from the Centre for Mental Health here.