04 Apr ESSEX GRADUATES HAVE THE CHANCE TO DEVELOP A CAREER IN MENTAL HEALTH
Working in partnership with Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Essex County Council, Think Ahead now welcomes applications from local candidates who are interested in beginning a career in mental health social work. Applications close at 5pm on Monday 29 April, with the programme starting in July 2019.
Mental illness is an issue which affects many people across Essex. In fact 1 in 4 adults in England suffers with mental illness and 38% of all ill-health is caused by mental illness in under 65s. The Think Ahead programme was created to drive change by offering a new route into mental health social work for graduates and career-changers looking to make a real difference to people’s lives.
The national two-year programme provides the opportunity to embark on a rewarding career supporting people with mental health problems. Every day, mental health social workers change people’s lives for the better.
Mental health social workers help people living with a variety of different illnesses, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. They offer a trusted support system to these individuals, providing talking therapy, standing up for their rights, and empowering them to manage the social factors in their lives, such as their relationships, living situation, and employment.
Blending world-class academic learning with extensive on-the-job experience, the Think Ahead fast-track programme is open to graduates with a 2:1 degree or above in any subject. Participants come from a variety of different backgrounds, with undergraduate degrees ranging from psychology, sociology, and politics, to archaeology, drama, and sports science. The programme offers people the chance to take a new career direction and achieve a fully funded master’s degree in social work.
Applications for the 2019 national programme are now open and close at 5pm on Monday 29 April 2019. Applicants can apply via the website where they can select their preferred location.
To find out more information and to apply, please visit: https://thinkahead.org/about-the-programme/how-to-apply/