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  • 20 Mar / 18
    Features

    “I love the feeling I get when I know I’ve helped someone” – a Think Ahead participant describes a typical week in the life of a mental health social worker

    Sonya Chee, a participant in the second year of the Think Ahead programme, has been included in a promotional feature in the Metro newspaper, describing her typical working week. Sonya is a qualified social worker and is based in an Early Intervention in Psychosis team in East London NHS Foundation Trust. In the feature, she […]

  • 19 Mar / 18
    Features

    “It is rewarding when you help someone recover” – participants share what they enjoy about training to be mental health social workers

    Three of our participants – Suzanne, Arnold and Jan – have been included in a promotional feature in the Evening Standard, talking about what drew them to the Think Ahead programme, and how they’re finding their roles. Suzanne Suzanne, 29, studied Law at the University of Cambridge, and embarked on a legal career – but […]

  • 27 Feb / 18
    In the media

    “My days are busy but I’m lucky to really love my job” – Think Ahead participant Zoe describes her typical working day

    Think Ahead participant Zoe Rice-Jones has written an article for Blueprint, a Cambridge-based magazine about mental health, describing the work she does training to become a mental health social worker. Zoe is training and working in a local community mental health team made up of social workers, nurses, doctors and psychologists who collectively support 700 […]

  • 13 Dec / 17
    In the media

    “Exciting, a little bit scary” – participants catch up with Radio 4 about their Think Ahead journey

    A year ago BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind began a series of interviews with two members of Think Ahead’s 2016 intake – Charlotte Seymour and Alec Tooms. At that point Charlotte and Alec were at the beginning of their journey into mental health social work; a year on they are over half way […]

  • 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 […]

  • 30 Oct / 17
    News

    FILM: “It feels like a movement more than just an organisation” – graduates tell us why they joined Think Ahead

    One of the benefits of gaining a place on the Think Ahead programme is that you join a diverse group of graduates and career-changers with a wide range of different ideas, but who are all motivated by a unifying goal: to see a society where everyone with mental health problems can flourish. Each year we […]

  • 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, […]

  • 18 Oct / 17
    News

    Impact Review launched: The journey we’ve been on, and our ambitions for the future

    Supporters of Think Ahead gathered on Tuesday night for the launch of our first Impact Review. When we began in 2014, we set out to inspire a movement to advance our vision: to see a society where everyone with mental health problems can flourish. Now, with nearly 200 participants going through the programme, we’ve launched […]

  • 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 […]

  • 4 Sep / 17
    Features

    “I really enjoy getting up in the morning and going to work” – watch Think Ahead participant Maisie discuss her work

    Last July our first intake of talented graduates and career-changers began training as mental health social workers on the Think Ahead programme. One of these was Maisie Satchwell-Hirst, an Oxford graduate, who joined a community mental health service in Cambridgeshire. In the film below Maisie talks about her experiences in her unit, led by experienced […]

  • 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 […]