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  • 7 May / 20
    In the media

    “I am blown away by the speed and effectiveness of their immediate crisis response.” Think Ahead’s Co-Chief Executive writes about Covid-19’s impact on mental health services

    Think Ahead’s Co-Chief Executive Ella Joseph has written about how mental health services are adapting to Covid-19, as well as predictions within the sector for its aftermath, in a piece for the NHS Confederation, the body that represents NHS member organisations. In the article, Ella shared insights gained through our Rapid Report, produced in response […]

  • 22 Apr / 20
    News

    Rapid report: How mental health social workers are responding to the coronavirus pandemic

    We have today published a new report about how mental health services, and the social workers within these teams, are responding to the coronavirus pandemic. The report, which is based on a series of interviews, explains the challenges services and professionals are facing, and how mental health teams are transforming their work to provide the […]

  • 18 Mar / 20
    News

    How we’re responding to the coronavirus

    This web page was first published on 18 March 2020 and was last updated on 22 May 2020. We will continue to update the page whenever we have new information.  We are monitoring the coronavirus situation closely, and are adjusting our policies and plans based on the best available evidence and the government’s advice. Our […]

  • 17 Mar / 20
    In the media

    “I’ve always been interested in how masculinity affects men and their mental health” – Think Ahead participant writes for HuffPost UK 

    Men’s mental health, and the role that social workers play in helping them to address it, takes centre stage in an article written by a Think Ahead participant for the HuffPost UK. JJ, who is also an author and poet, began training as a mental health social worker with the Think Ahead programme in 2019. In this piece he discusses some […]

  • 12 Mar / 20
    In the media

    “We need to make the case for the unique role that social workers can play” – Think Ahead’s Co-Chief Executive speaks to social work magazine

    Think Ahead’s Co-Chief Executive Ella Joseph has been featured in the latest edition of Professional Social Work, a magazine run by the British Association of Social Workers. In the article, Ella highlights the potential for social work to play an increasingly important role in mental health, while explaining that its value is still sometimes overlooked. […]

  • 6 Mar / 20
    In the media

    Think Ahead participant shares findings of research into rising detentions under the Mental Health Act

    One of Think Ahead’s alumni, Michael Bonnet, has written an article about his recently published research for Community Care, a leading social work news website. In his article, Michael explains that the research, which has been published in the British Journal of Social Work, sought to understand why detentions under the Mental Health Act have […]

  • 10 Feb / 20
    In the media

    “Mental health has risen up the political agenda, but there is still further to go”

    Think Ahead’s Co-Chief Executive Ella Joseph has written on the PoliticsHome website – a leading source of political news and comment – about her hopes for developments in attitudes and approaches to mental health over the next decade. In Ella’s piece, she talks about how the past decade has been transformational in the way people […]

  • 24 Jan / 20
    News

    “We’ve been given the best start into the best career” – 2017 participants celebrate successful completion of the Think Ahead programme

    Our 2017 Cohort celebrated completing the Think Ahead programme and joining our alumni network at an event in York yesterday. The participants joined the Think Ahead programme in the summer of 2017 and have since spent two years training and working as mental health social workers, while achieving a postgraduate diploma, and subsequently a master’s […]

  • 2 Jan / 20
    In the media

    “We need to redefine what manhood means” – Think Ahead participant writes for The Guardian

    A Think Ahead participant from our latest intake has written about the concept of masculinity, and how it affects men’s mental and physical health, in The Guardian. In his article JJ, who joined the Think Ahead programme last year, explains how what he terms “toxic hyper-masculinity” – the emphasis on needing to be strong and […]

  • 5 Dec / 19
    News

    Think Ahead alum wins Mental Health Social Worker of the Year award

    One of Think Ahead’s alumni, Thea Radburn, has been honoured as “Mental Health Social Worker of the Year” at the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2019. Thea (pictured above, right, alongside Ingrid Richardson who won the Silver award in the same category) was a member of Think Ahead’s first cohort and completed the programme […]

  • 26 Nov / 19
    Features

    “It’s reminded her that she is valuable and able to give back to society” – The impact of Zoe’s work with Rafsa

    Zoe (pictured above) is a Think Ahead participant who has been training and working with the London Borough of Wandsworth since 2018. For around a year, she was working with Rafsa*, who has lived experience of mental health problems. Here we’re sharing Rafsa’s story and the impact that working with Zoe has had on her […]

  • 29 Oct / 19
    In the media

    “I’m using my experiences to help other people with mental health problems” – Think Ahead participant shares her experience as a care-leaver with the BBC

    This story was amended on 1 November to add that Kerry was also interviewed on BBC Radio Manchester, and on 19 November to add that she was featured in an article on the BBC’s website. Think Ahead participant Kerry (pictured above) has been interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio Manchester, as well […]