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  • 21 Mar / 17
    In the media

    Think Ahead research finds vital role of mental health social workers is misunderstood

    At Think Ahead we recognise that mental health social workers play a crucial role in society, providing a lifeline for some of the most vulnerable people in the country. They’re the professionals who are able to work holistically with people with mental health problems, providing support with life issues like relationships, finances, living arrangements and […]

  • 27 Jan / 17
    News

    Opportunities with Think Ahead in 2017 – application dates announced

    We can today announce the opening date for applications to join the Think Ahead graduate programme in 2018, and for two additional opportunities for students and graduates to work with us this year. Apply this year to join the Think Ahead programme in 2018 Applications to join our third intake, beginning the programme in July […]

  • 9 Jan / 17
    News

    Prime Minister backs Think Ahead in major speech

    The Prime Minister Theresa May has highlighted the importance of Think Ahead, in a major speech today in which she set out her plans to “transform the way we deal with mental health problems, right across society and at every stage of life”. As part of her approach, the Prime Minister said that she wants […]

  • 9 Jan / 17
    News

    Breaking new ground in 2017

    Chief Executive Ella Joseph is looking forward to seeing the first qualified social workers trained by Think Ahead enter the mental health workforce. 2016 was a big year for our charity. When Natalie Acton and I founded Think Ahead in 2014 we were driven by our certainty that people’s social circumstances – their relationships, support […]

  • 23 Nov / 16
    Features

    Film: “I wanted to get into social work to try and improve things”

    John Thompson was looking for a career working with vulnerable adults when he came across Think Ahead. After graduating from the University of York in 2010 with a degree in Archaeology, John had been working in an office job, but wanted a job where he could help people. In this video, John says: “One in four […]

  • 18 Nov / 16
    News

    Think Ahead’s 2016 application deadline announced

    We can today announce that the closing deadline for applications to join our 2017 intake is 13 December 2016 at 5pm. If you want to make a real difference to people with mental health problems, our intensive two-year graduate programme may be for you. On the programme you’ll be paid to work in an expert […]

  • 9 Nov / 16
    News

    Independent evaluation of Think Ahead begins

    As part of our aim to build evaluation into how the Think Ahead programme works, earlier this year we invited proposals from external partners to carry out an independent assessment of our impact. We received lots of exciting offers, and we’re delighted to now be working with a team from the Universities of Durham and […]

  • 19 Oct / 16
    News

    Quiz: Could you be a mental health social worker?

    Want to understand more about what it takes to be a mental health social worker? We’ve created a short online quiz to help you understand more about the important and challenging decisions that mental health social workers face on a daily basis. The quiz features three scenarios which are based on the experiences of practising social […]

  • 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 […]

  • 5 Sep / 16
    News

    Applications open to join Think Ahead in 2017

    Applications are now open to join the Think Ahead programme in July 2017! If you want a graduate job that’s both rewarding and demanding, and you’re motivated to do something about the mental health challenge, from today you can apply to start your leadership career with Think Ahead. On our two-year programme you’ll be paid to work […]

  • 30 Aug / 16
    Features

    “Sharing our experiences in order to do something positive” – Summer Institute 2016 comes to an end

    Today Think Ahead’s inaugural Summer Institute ends. Our first cohort of participants are readying themselves to move into community mental health teams for 12 months of on-the-job learning starting in September, and this week’s teaching has included a focus on preparing for entering the workplace. My favourite thing about the Summer Institute has been bringing […]