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  • 15 Jul / 20
    News

    Report: Public knowledge and perceptions of careers in mental health

    We have today released new research showing that, while many people might be interested in working in mental health, there are widespread misunderstandings about careers in the field. All employers in the mental health workforce need to work together to bust some of these myths and raise awareness of how accessible and rewarding careers in mental health can be. Ella Joseph, Chief Executive […]

  • 5 Jun / 20
    News

    Black Lives Matter

    Like many, many others, all of us at Think Ahead have been deeply distressed by the murder of George Floyd and the events that have followed it. We have been taking the time to reflect, listen, and learn before adding anything to the discussion. Racism is entrenched in our society and has a destructive impact […]

  • 22 Apr / 20
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    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
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    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 […]

  • 24 Jan / 20
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    “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 […]

  • 5 Dec / 19
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    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 25 Sep / 19
    News

    Think Ahead placed at number 36 in Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list

    We are pleased to announce that Think Ahead is featured at number 36 in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers list. It’s the third year running that our programme is included, and our position has improved by six places from the 2018 list, up from number 42. The list, which was published today, was created […]

  • 25 Sep / 19
    News

    Applications now open to join the Think Ahead programme in 2020

    Update: Applications to join the Think Ahead programme in 2020 are now closed. We are delighted to announce that applications to join Think Ahead in 2020 are now open. Think Ahead is looking for talented graduates and career-changers who are remarkable enough to make a real difference in tackling the UK’s mental health challenge. Our […]

  • 23 Aug / 19
    News

    “You’re coming to a space where there’s a new sense of optimism” – Summer Institute 2019 comes to an end

    Participants in our 2019 Cohort have completed their six-week Summer Institute today, and are ready to embark on the next part of their journeys to become mental health social workers. The six weeks of residential training was delivered in partnership with Middlesex University, who are the academic partner for the Think Ahead programme, and took […]

  • 19 Jul / 19
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    Film: “You are embarking on something immensely valuable” – Rt Hon Sir Norman Lamb MP addresses the new cohort of Think Ahead participants

    As the first week of Think Ahead’s 2019 Summer Institute is drawing to a close, the 106 participants in our fourth cohort will have a chance to reflect on the new knowledge and skills they have gained so far, as well as the advice they have been given in sessions with Rt Hon Sir Norman […]

  • 6 Jun / 19
    News

    Join Think Ahead as a Recruitment Ambassador or Intern

    We can today announce that we’re opening applications for two additional opportunities for students and graduates to work with Think Ahead. We’re looking for a number of current students to take on the role of Recruitment Ambassador at their university throughout the autumn term, and for a student or graduate to join us an intern […]