Our Advocacy services offer free, independent and confidential support. Advocacy is taking action to help you say what you want to say, secure your rights make your views and wishes heard, and support you to obtain the services that you need. Our Advocacy services work in partnership with you and take your side. Our advocates can also help to ensure that you have all the information that you need and to make sure you understand information which is given to you to, so that you make decisions about the things that affect you.
What your advocate can do:
- Will work with you and act on your behalf
- Talk with you to find out what you think and what you want
- Help you to access mental health services and other services
- Provide relevant information to help you consider your options
- Help you to ask for changes to your care or treatment
- Support you to prepare for meetings or appointments
- Help you to tell people what you want or need
Advocacy is free
Our advocacy services are funded. We do not charge you for advocacy.
Advocacy is independent
We do not advise or make decisions for you. We can support you with what is important to you and not have to try and please other people or groups.
What your advocate will not do:
- Give you advice or tell you what they think you should do
- Talk to people about you without your permission
- Make decisions about you on your behalf or about what they think is in your best interests
- Withhold information about you
- Speak for you unless you ask them to
Advocacy is professional
All our advocate's are professionally trained and hold a recognised certificate in advocacy
Advocacy is confidential
We do not share information without your permission. You can speak freely to an advocate.
Types of Mental Health Advocacy
Mind in Brighton and Hove advocates work with people in Brighton, Hove and West Sussex who experience mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia as well as many others. There are two main types of advocacy which we provide:
IMHA is for adults who are:
- detained in hospital under the mental health act
- at risk of being detained in hospital under the mental health act
- under Community Treatment Orders (CTOs)
Community Advocacy – is for adults and young people who:
- live in the community and experience mental health issues
- have asked or agreed to stay in a mental health unit voluntarily (in hospital but not ‘sectioned’)
- live in the community and want to access mental health services as they believe they have an undiagnosed mental health condition