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  • 5 Dec / 18
    News

    Think Ahead announces new chair for its Service User and Carer Reference Group

    We are delighted to announce the appointment of Oliver Wood as the new independent chair of our Service User and Carer Reference Group. Our Service User and Carer Reference Group is a key part of the Think Ahead programme – it was established in 2014, and its aim is to ensure that the needs of […]

  • 10 Oct / 18
    Features

    “Benji has encouraged me to focus on my future and my goals. He’s re-ignited the fire I had” – Benji and Roderick’s story

    This World Mental Health Day, we want to highlight the vital role that social workers play in supporting people with mental health problems. Social issues such as problems with relationships, living arrangements and employment have profound effects on mental wellbeing, and social workers are uniquely able to help people to address the social factors in […]

  • 21 May / 18
    News

    “It’s such a privilege when people open up to you” – participants share their experiences with new Think Ahead recruits

    The launch event for Think Ahead’s third intake took place on Saturday (19 May). New recruits, who will begin the programme in July this year, came together for the first time to learn more about the role of a mental health social worker, and to start preparing for the programme. The day featured a number […]

  • 6 Dec / 17
    Features

    “Thank you to my social worker”

    An adult with mental health problems writes about the difference a trainee social worker on the Think Ahead programme has made to her. I’m in my mid-50s and have had mental health issues most of my life. I have been supported by a number of mental health professionals over the years – some good, some […]

  • 20 Oct / 17
    In the media

    “I knew mental health social work was challenging, stimulating and varied” – BBC interviews Think Ahead participant

    A Think Ahead participant has shared her story of how experiencing mental health problems inspired her to become a mental health social worker. Catherine, who started the Think Ahead programme in July 2017, had depression while she was studying at Manchester University. At times she wasn’t sure if she’d be able to finish her degree, […]

  • 10 Oct / 17
    Features

    “Lauren helped me go back to work” – Rosalind talks about her social worker’s impact

    Rosalind’s story Rosalind is 58 years-old, has emotionally unstable personality disorder and depression, and is profoundly deaf. Rosalind started working with Think Ahead participant Lauren in December 2016. My adoptive mother died six years ago, she was 101 years old. I got very poorly, I was up and down for years. When I was feeling […]

  • 20 Sep / 17
    Features

    The impact of mental health social work – Matthew and Thea’s story

    Matthew’s story Matthew is a 42 year old man from Stevenage. He has a diagnosis of depression and anxiety disorder. Here he tells us about his work with Thea, a trainee social worker with Think Ahead. Last year I separated from my wife for the second time. I was OK for a little while, but […]

  • 14 Jun / 17
    In the media

    Radio 4’s All in the Mind follows participant Al on the job

    BBC Radio 4 programme All in the Mind has spent a day following Think Ahead participant Al Tooms – giving a rare insight into the complex role of a mental health social worker. To hear the full programme you can visit the the BBC website. Or you can listen to Al’s segment here: During the piece, Al […]

  • 24 May / 17
    In the media

    Radio 4’s All in the Mind follows participant Charlotte on the job

    Radio 4 programme All in the Mind has spent a day following Think Ahead participant Charlotte Seymour in her role training to be a mental health social worker – getting a unique insight into the kind of work she does supporting people with mental health problems. To hear the full programme you can visit the […]

  • 10 Oct / 16
    Features

    World Mental Health Day: Social work and mental health first aid

    It’s World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme includes Psychological and Mental Health First Aid, bringing to light the importance of supporting people through mental health crises. For thousands of people who experience a mental health crisis each year, their lifeline isn’t a paramedic or a psychiatrist – it’s their social worker who answers […]

  • 12 Sep / 16
    News

    Film: Could you be a mental health social worker?

    Our new film, released today, invites you to step into the shoes of a mental health social worker and hear three stories – of the challenges you might face, and the impact you could achieve. The stories, which are portrayed by actors, are based on input from people who use mental health services and from […]

  • 24 Jun / 16
    In the media

    “I feel I am being listened to and helping to make a real impact within mental health”

    Ziaul, a member of our Service User and Carer Reference Group, has written a blog post about his involvement in shaping the Think Ahead programme. Here’s the piece in full, which first appeared on the Social Care Institute for Excellence’s co-production blog.   For about a year I’ve been involved with Think Ahead, the charity running a […]