Advocacy – Mental Health
Having a mental health problem, or experiencing mental distress, often means that your opinions and ideas are not taken seriously, or that you are not offered the opportunities and choices you would like.
Being labeled with a diagnosis of mental illness is often linked to poverty, unemployment and exclusion from everyday life. In its simplest form, advocacy can mean just listening respectfully to someone.
For people who already experience discrimination and exclusion on the basis of their ethnic or cultural background, physical disability, gender, sexuality or age, having a mental health problem creates another barrier to social inclusion. It can make voicing opinions, wants and needs almost impossible.
Our mental health advocates have worked in the field for over 10 years. They support people to:
An advocate might help you access information you need, or go with you to meetings or interviews, in a supportive role. In some cases, you might want your advocate to be more active. An advocate might write letters on your behalf, or speak for you in situations where you don’t feel able to speak for yourself.