Advocacy is an independent service designed to listen carefully to the options, concerns, problems or issues that people may be experiencing whilst using mental health services and to give people a voice.
An advocate can provide you with information in relation to the options available to you. We can discuss your options and/or rights in situations that arise in your life that affect your mental health. The advocate will help you to express any concerns and to pass these on to relevant professionals. An advocate can be a paid member of staff or someone who has experienced their own mental health problems and have been trained to take on the advocacy role. This is a free and independent service.
Advocates will also support the individual to be heard. This means that the first thing the advocate will do is listen. The advocate will not judge and all discussions will be treated confidentially. Confidentiality will only be broken if there is a potential danger to the individual or someone else.
Mental Health Service Users - Some of our contracts stipulate that Service User have to be linked in with mental health services at some level.
Contact numbers above are for Advocacy services and are not helpline numbers. Individuals should contact Lifeline (0808 808 8000) or the Samaritans (08457 909090) if in need of immediate help.
The Advocacy services are currently not available in the South Eastern or Western Trust areas.
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