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  • 22 Feb / 21
    Features

    “I saw that there was a demand for me to work in mental health” – Why we need more men in mental health social work

    According to recent figures from Health Education England and a previous NHS Benchmarking Network/ADASS study, only 24% of mental health social workers in NHS Mental Health Trusts and 28% of those in Local Authorities are male. Meanwhile, 43% of respondents to the Care Quality Commission’s most recent survey of people using community mental health services […]

  • 8 Feb / 21
    Features

    “Actively challenge stigma and empower people” – a personal piece for LGBT+ History Month

    Alec started his journey to transition at 18 and, having completed our graduate programme in 2018, now works with young people as a mental health social worker. Here he reflects on the unique perspective his life experiences bring to his work.  We’re not often told anything positive about trans people in our day to day […]

  • 11 Jan / 21
    In the media

    Research by Think Ahead social worker finds that inpatients’ religious and cultural needs often go unmet

    A member of our first intake, Kuldip Kaur Kang, has written about her research into inpatients’ religious and cultural needs for Community Care, a leading social work website. As part of her master’s degree on the Think Ahead programme, Kuldip explored whether people from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds had their religious and […]

  • 18 Nov / 20
    News

    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 […]

  • 11 Nov / 20
    In the media

    “I love seeing people flourish, and wanted a career that would push me to keep challenging myself and learning” – Think Ahead alum tells Professional Social Work magazine

    In this thoughtfully written piece, Think Ahead alum Mariah Wilde describes her humbling experience as a mental health social worker and the lessons she has learnt from the people she has worked with. With dignity and respect forming her guiding principles for mental health, Mariah firmly believes that people are experts on their own experience.  […]

  • 20 Oct / 20
    News

    “This profession is about making a difference and each and every one of you has done that”- Think Ahead’s 2018 Cohort join our alumni network

    We were delighted to welcome another cohort of participants into our alumni network at a virtual ceremony on Monday 19 October. After spending the last two years training and working as mental health social workers, participants from our 2018 Cohort looked back on their experiences, as they became members of Think Ahead’s alumni network, joining […]

  • 15 Jul / 20
    In the media

    “I think the biggest satisfaction you get working in mental health is the bond you develop with people.” – Think Ahead participant interviewed by The Guardian

    Think Ahead participant Paddy Hartigan has spoken to The Guardian about his experience working as a mental health social worker, and how his job has changed throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The article looked into the challenges that the mental health workforce is facing because of the coronavirus. Paddy, who is a qualified mental health social worker and […]

  • 15 Jul / 20
    In the media

    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]