A recent study co-authored by Dr. Chris Melde found that youths who join gangs are more likely to have increased suicidal thoughts and depression. “Youth who join a gang are much more likely to have mental health issues, and then being in the gang actually makes it worse,” said Dr. Chris Melde. “It doesn’t act as an antidepressant. And some people may be seeking that out — a sense of well-being or purpose.”
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