Advocacy in Mind

For a referral contact: Project Manager – Chris Rugg  advocacy@mindtws.org.uk  01823 334906


Do you have mental health issues and struggle to get your voice heard?

Clients with mental health issues tell us that their voice gets lost when decisions are being made about issues that involve them on a day to day basis.  It can be difficult to express your wishes when you are feeling anxious or depressed. This could be decisions about your treatment and care, or any issues – the list can be endless but they affect you.  Advocacy makes sure that you have a voice, so you wishes are expressed, listened to, taken into consideration, and that you are treated with respect.

 The role of the advocate role is to be:

  •  Independent and impartial.
  •  Solely for you and on your side.

 They will:

  • listen to you and find out about what you think and feel about your treatment and care and what you would like to happen.
  •  Not give a personal opinion on what they think is best for you
  •  Not judge you in any way
  •  Will defend and promote your rights

 Advocacy is not…

  • Counselling
  • Befriending
  • Advice
  • Mediation
  • Social Work

 Advocates can help in all sorts of ways:

Go with you to meetings or appointments as a supportive presence and where necessary, speak on your behalf. This could be a visit to your GP, Mental Health Assessment, your local Citizens Advice Bureau or any other agency where you feel you may need help.

Help you write letters or emails.

Make a phone call for you.

Help you find out information about services/organisations that may assist you, and help you access those services.

Advocates do not give advice but make sure that you have access to the services that are best able to help you.  However they can identify available options and talk them through with you to help you make a decision.

Advocacy can be accessed by anyone in Somerset over the age of 18 who experience mental distress, whether or not you use mental health services.

You can self refer or we take referrals from any agency/organisation.


 

Referrals can be made by telephoning Chris on

01823 334906

Email: advocacy@mindtws.org.uk

Chris Rugg chrisrugg@mindtws.org.uk

Click here to find out about becoming a volunteer advocate