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  • 13 Sep / 18
    News

    “It’s one of the most important and rewarding professions you can do” – Chair of Social Work England congratulates Think Ahead’s first cohort on their achievements

    Think Ahead officially launched its alumni network at an event on Monday night, ahead of the first cohort of participants completing the programme at the end of the month. After two years of rigorous academic training and on-the-job learning, Think Ahead’s first cohort had the opportunity to celebrate their achievements so far and look to […]

  • 4 Sep / 18
    In the media

    “Social work is the missing piece of the mental health puzzle” – Co-Chief Executive interviewed by Professional Social Work magazine

    Think Ahead’s Co-Chief Executive Natalie Acton has been interviewed by Professional Social Work, a magazine published by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). Natalie highlighted the importance of achieving greater recognition of the value social work can bring to mental health. She said that while attempts to tackle the UK’s mental health challenge have primarily […]

  • 20 Jul / 18
    News

    “Lift your head up and see how you can make wider changes” – New participants embark on their journey

    This week marked the beginning of an exciting time for Think Ahead and the 103 participants in our third intake as they embarked on their two-year journey to become mental health social workers. Participants are today completing the first week of the Summer Institute, a six-week residential learning experience which gives them a grounding in […]

  • 9 Jul / 18
    In the media

    “Mental health is at the crux of people’s quality of life and how happy they can be” – Think Ahead participant speaks to The Guardian

    Think Ahead participant Alex has spoken to The Guardian newspaper about how he came to train as a social worker with Think Ahead and how he’s finding the role. Originally Alex thought that after his degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from the University of Oxford he would end up working in policy. “I […]

  • 21 Jun / 18
    News

    Think Ahead announces Middlesex University as new academic partner

    Following our recent call for applications from academic institutions, we are pleased to announce that we are working with Middlesex University on a plan for them to deliver the academic elements of the Think Ahead programme for our intakes in 2019 and 2020. We received very strong proposals from a range of institutions, demonstrating the […]

  • 13 Jun / 18
    News

    New opportunities to work with Think Ahead as a Recruitment Ambassador or Intern

    We are delighted to announce two exciting new opportunities to work with us to help us raise awareness of the Think Ahead programme, and of mental health social work. These paid roles are ideal for students or other highly-motivated individuals with a passion for mental health, who are looking to build their CV, gain experience and […]

  • 6 Jun / 18
    Features

    “Think Ahead participants bring innovative research to our meetings and have so much energy and enthusiasm – it’s inspiring!”

    Kirsty Shires is a Consultant Social Worker on the Think Ahead programme. In her role, she supervises a unit of four Think Ahead participants who are placed within a community mental health team. She and the unit members manage a shared caseload together. Here, Kirsty explains how being a Consultant Social Worker has reignited her […]

  • 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 […]

  • 10 Apr / 18
    News

    New places available to join the Think Ahead programme in 2018

    Update: Applications for these new places have now closed. Applications to join Think Ahead in 2019 will open in autumn 2018. We are delighted to announce that, due to an increase in the number of places available at some of our NHS and Local Authority partners, we are today opening applications for new places on […]

  • 20 Mar / 18
    In the media

    “Social issues can have a massive impact on a person’s mental health and recovery” – Think Ahead mental health social workers speak to Community Care

    A Think Ahead participant and a Consultant Social Worker have told Community Care, a leading social work news website, why social approaches are so important in mental health care. As a Consultant Social Worker at the London Borough of Bexley, Nicola Shawyer manages a unit of four participants on their first year of the programme. […]

  • 20 Mar / 18
    In the media

    Celebrating mental health social workers on World Social Work Day

    On World Social Work Day (Tuesday 20 March) social workers come together to celebrate the profession’s achievements. To mark this event, Think Ahead is highlighting the valuable contribution mental health social workers make – and the impact that social approaches to mental health have on people’s lives. Think Ahead participants have been profiled in the […]

  • 20 Mar / 18
    In the media

    “Being supported in the community can help to remove the stigma around mental illness” – Think Ahead participant Thea writes in the Independent

    Think Ahead participant Thea Radburn has written in the Independent’s comment section, Independent Voices, about the importance of social approaches in treating mental illness, and what her job as a mental health social worker involves in practice. Thea, who started the Think Ahead programme in 2016, says that while therapies, medication and inpatient care can be […]