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RAN H&SC Handbook Extremism, Radicalisation & Mental Health: handbook for practitioners, November 2019

The current handbook is designed as a research- and theory-informed aid for clinical forensic practitioners working with individuals who present with extremism risk/vulnerability and mental illness. It was authored by Dr Zainab Al-Attar, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom and produced by the Radicalisation Awareness Network: Health & Social Care subgroup.

There is no empirical evidence to suggest that terrorism is predominantly committed by mentally ill individuals, and where mental illness is present, it may not be relevant to risk . Wherever it has some relevance, it may not be causal, and if it is partly causal, it is likely to interact with a range of political, social, environmental, situational and biological factors at any given time. Read more


Mental Health Handbook (PDF version: also available in French and German)