Advocacy - Advocacy help
How can an advocate help?
Advocates can help you to deal with doctors and other professionals in the
NHS or social services. They normally work for charities, so they are
independent. They can help you to:
- get what you are entitled to,
- get your point of view across, and
- get the services that you need.
They might be able to go to appointments with you and help you to write
letters. Advocates can sometimes speak on your behalf if you want them
You might find it helpful to have an advocate if you:
- find it difficult to get the treatment or services you want,
- feel intimidated by doctors or other professionals,
- feel that things are explained in a confusing way, or
- have problems with concentration.
Your advocate should:
- Be clear about what they can and can’t help you with
- Tell you about what they have done on your behalf
- Respect you and not judge you
- Listen to you and talk through your options
- Give you information to help you make decisions
- Not share your personal information with other people unless they
- have to
- Be free
- Encourage you to speak for yourself
Your advocate should not:
- Offer you counselling
- Tell you what to do
- Force their views or opinions on you
- Do things on your behalf without asking you first
Need practical advice & info? We can help.
Contact our Advice team about mental health & related issues
0300 5000 927 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4pm, not including bank holidays