Mental Health Adviser

Greater London, Surrey, Bucks & Berks, West Midlands, Yorkshire, Manchester & Lancashire
Up to £27,000 pro rata (3 months)
15 Feb 2019
15 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Empower young people with mental health needs to have the summer of a lifetime. Flexible paid roles throughout June to September with NCS!

Salary: up to £27,000 pro rata (3 month contract)


About the role

Join The Challenge, the UK's largest provider of NCS, and ensure that the support we provide to young people with mental health needs is of a consistently high quality.

NCS (National Citizen Service) is a government-backed initiative with a mission to equip 15-17 year olds with the confidence, skills and support they need to make a real difference in their communities.

We strive for the NCS programme to be as inclusive as possible, providing additional support and resources to improve accessibility for young people with mental health needs. The Mental Health Adviser works closely with the seasonal staff working on NCS across a region, sharing resources, discussing best practice and helping them to develop long term strategies for supporting mental health needs.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Work with seasonal staff to assess key young people's well-being and safety on the programme in the event that they experience or disclose poor mental health.
  • Work with key young people over the course of a few days, recommending support mechanisms and later referring them to local mental health organisations for additional support.
  • Record incidents and outcomes for young people using Salesforce (training will be provided).


Person specification

  • Experience of coaching or supporting staff to develop strategies to support young people.
  • Extensive knowledge of mental health conditions, and experience in supporting those suffering from them.
  • Experience of collaborating with peers to create Action Plans for people with mental health needs.
  • Knowledge of mental health services, Child Protection, Children in Care and Safeguarding legislation.


This role is primarily focused on supporting and empowering seasonal staff teams, and is suitable for highly experienced individuals, with the ability to facilitate and share their skills and knowledge of mental health support.

The Challenge is committed to safeguarding children and young people. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.


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