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  • 16 Jun / 22
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    “You have the opportunity to truly change lives and have a real impact” – welcoming our 2022 Cohort to the programme

    Members of our 2022 Cohort have kicked off their journey to become mental health social workers through the Think Ahead programme. New participants attended an online launch event on 11 June, and heard from current and former participants, members of our Service User and Carer Reference Group, members of our head office team, and staff […]

  • 14 Mar / 22
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    Social Work Week 2022

    It is Social Work Week in England, an opportunity to bring people together to learn, connect, and promote social work. A chance to celebrate the profession; a profession that has arguably never been needed more than it is today. Particularly mental health social work. Social work and me This year, Social Work England has set theme […]

  • 1 Nov / 21
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    Become a mental health social worker

    *Applications to join our programme are now closed but we will open for our 2023 intake this autumn. To receive updates about the programme, please sign up to our newsletter or follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and twitter. We are facing one of the toughest mental health challenges of all time. If ever there was a […]

  • 7 Oct / 21
    Features

    My name is Matthew and I’m bipolar

    My name is Matthew and I have bipolar type 2. That probably only means slightly less to you than it does to me. I don’t really like labels. They suggest there’s something concrete and tangible about my mental health that can be easily understood. I find my mental health really hard to understand so I can’t […]

  • 17 Aug / 21
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    “Human rights and community-based care – that’s where you are experts” – 2021 intake completes the Summer Institute

    Our 2021 Cohort have passed the first milestone on their journey to becoming mental health social workers, having completed the Summer Institute. For the past four weeks, the 160 new trainees – our biggest intake to date – have been immersed in lectures, practical workshops and keynote talks with respected experts across the sector. Led […]

  • 18 Jun / 21
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    Two new trustees join Think Ahead’s Board

    We have been delighted to welcome two new additions to our Board of Trustees, Levi Chambers-Cook and Professor Kamaldeep Bhui. Levi completed the Think Ahead programme in 2018 and is the first member of our alumni network to sit on the Board of Trustees. Her frontline experience will bring an important perspective to the position, […]

  • 27 Apr / 21
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    Think Ahead trainees meet Minister for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety

    The Minister of State for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety, Nadine Dorries MP, today joined us for a virtual meeting to learn about the invaluable contribution social work makes to mental health services. It was a pleasure to welcome the Minister of State today and show her the unique support mental health social […]

  • 26 Mar / 21
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    Think Ahead’s first conference – Mental health social work in 2021

    We were delighted to be joined by over 350 delegates this week at our first ever conference, Think Ahead presents: Mental health social work in 2021.  The event offered a rare opportunity to focus on the vital role frontline mental health social workers play in driving and responding to change. Our broad range of speakers brought a wealth of knowledge […]

  • 9 Mar / 21
    Features

    What is Social Work?

    It is Social Work Week in England. A chance to celebrate the invaluable contribution social workers are making to people’s lives every day. But what does “social work” actually mean? There is no short answer. Or perhaps there is; it is about life and levelling the playing field of life. Enabling people to push past their […]

  • 18 Jan / 21
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    How we’re responding to the coronavirus

    This web page was last updated on 18 January 2021. We will continue to update the page whenever we have new information.  We are monitoring the coronavirus situation, and the third national lockdown, closely, and are ensuring that our policies and plans are in line with the best available evidence and the government’s advice. Our […]

  • 27 Nov / 20
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    Mental health social work is “so much more than the health silo” – Shadow Mental Health Minister meets Think Ahead community

    We were delighted to welcome Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP, Shadow Mental Health Minister, to an online event this week with our current trainees and alumni of the programme. Part of an ongoing series of events with leading figures in mental health and social work, the interactive session tackled a range of issues mental health social […]

  • 18 Nov / 20
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    The frontline reality of mental health services during Covid – as featured in The Metro

    With their support arguably needed now more than ever, mental health social workers are on the frontline in this pandemic. Like all of us, they’re doing what they can to limit face-to-face contact, but that’s not always possible when you’re working with someone who has a severe mental health problem. One of our past participants, Thea Radburn, wrote a piece for The Metro […]