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October 2015

World Mental Health Day: Stephen Fry encourages graduates to apply to Think Ahead

In our first ever film, released today, Stephen Fry urges people who want “a job that’s both rewarding and challenging” to “do something remarkable” by applying to Think Ahead. We were thrilled when Stephen agreed to be involved, and earlier today he tweeted that he was happy to help.

He is joined in the film by Alistair Burt, the lead Minister for mental health, and Tessa Jowell, who was Minister for the London 2012 Olympics and started her own career as a mental health social worker. You’ll also hear from social workers Frances, Simon, and Diana talking about their jobs, and from Lee, who has lived with bipolar disorder for eight years.

We’ve chosen today to release the film because it’s World Mental Health Day, a perfect time to celebrate the vital work being done by mental health social workers in the UK and around the world. You can join in with the World Mental Health Day discussions using the Twitter hashtags #WMHD2015 and #WorldMentalHealthDay.

If you think you could make a difference to people with mental health problems, and you want to follow Stephen’s advice, applications for Think Ahead are open until December.