As a mentor, you will be assigned a small (and manageable!) number of mentees who have written to us asking for our help and support. Using a monitored Blurt email address, we want you to be a shoulder to cry on. No gimmicks, nothing complicated, we just want you to be a friend.
What makes a good mentor? Well, you probably all have ideas of your own, but the very best mentors are helpful, positive, trustworthy and able to keep things to themselves. You need to be reliable, empathetic and able to question people sensitively, as well as being able to share your own experiences in a useful way. However, the most important thing of all is to care.
You don’t even need to be qualified – as long as you have ears and are willing to listen, you’re right for us. We are confident that every single mentor will bring something different to the Blurt table.
If you feel you have what it takes to become a mentor for Blurt, here’s how the application process works:
Stage 1: Click on the button below to download an application form. We invite applications from people from all walks of life. If you have been affected by depression in some way, then you have a lot to offer as a mentor. Our mentees have varied backgrounds and of all ages. We try to match mentees with a mentor who has had similar experiences.
Stage 2: A DBS check (formerly CRB) is performed. This is carried out on all people who apply to be a mentor. Please bear in mind, having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us. This will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of your offences.
Due to the admin we need to perform and the DBS check process, please allow up to 4 weeks between sending in your application form and hearing from us again.
Stage 3: If your application is successful, we will email you to congratulate you. This email will also provide you with your Blurt email and password, along with a Mentor Handbook. Depending on the time you specified you have free in your initial application, we will send you between 2 and 5 mentees.
You can always ask us to send you more mentees if you find you have more time to spend mentoring.
Stage 4: Get stuck in. Remember that we are not here to give advice or counsel but to be a friendly ear, someone to talk to who understands about depression. We ask all mentors to try to reply to mentees within 72 hours and if you’re going on holiday, it is important that you let the mentees know beforehand or set up an autoresponder.
Stage 5: The Mentor Handbook should cover most basic questions and our company policies but, if as a mentor, you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to support you and thoroughly appreciate the contribution from our mentors.
If mentoring isn’t for you but you still want to help us, there are still plenty of things you can do to get involved! Just get in touch.