News 27 January

XenZone to Provide Mental Health Support to Consultant and Trainee Social Worker Programme

Partnership with the Graduate Scheme, Think Ahead, will see Trainees and Consultants Receive Professional Online Support

XenZone, the UK’s digital mental health pioneer, has been commissioned by Think Ahead, the graduate programme training mental health social workers, to provide online mental health and emotional wellbeing support for its trainee and consultant social workers.

The partnership will initially see XenZone’s online counselling service for adults, Qwell, rolled out as a trial for 250 trainee social workers from the programme’s 2018 and 2019 Cohorts, as well as the managers for the 2019 Cohort, to ensure those supporting others are also accessing help, support and guidance whenever they need it.

Qwell is a BACP-accredited mental health support service, giving adults free access to psycho-educational materials, peer-to-peer support and live messaging with a qualified counsellor. Consultant and trainee social workers will also be able to drop-in or book scheduled online chat counselling sessions between 12-noon and 10pm on weekdays and from 6pm until 10pm on weekends.

Sharon Parke, Head of Adult Services at XenZone, said, “Social work is a rewarding and often stressful job. Social workers are on the front line, managing a wide variety of issues impacting an individual. It’s vital that we support those who support others and that we do this flexibly so that they can get the help they need in a convenient way to retain positive mental health and maintenance of their wellbeing.”

Rachel Slade, Programme Director at Think Ahead, added, “We’re looking forward to seeing how Qwell benefits the wellbeing of some of our trainee social workers and their managers. We hope the service will provide flexible support – making it easier to access help while working in a demanding role alongside studying. Mental health social workers do an incredibly valuable role, making a huge difference to some of the most vulnerable people in society, so it’s vital that their mental health and wellbeing is taken seriously too.”  

About Think Ahead: The Think Ahead programme is a new route into mental health social work, for graduates and career-changers remarkable enough to make a real difference to people with mental health problems. On the fast-track programme, participants are paid to work in an expert team alongside clinical professionals (such as nurses, psychiatrists, and psychologists), study for a master’s degree in social work, and develop their leadership skills.