Advocacy means getting support from another person to help you express your views and wishes, and help you stand up for your rights. Someone who helps you in this way is called your advocate. HFEH Mind’s Independent Advocates work in the community for anyone living within the London Borough of Ealing. They provide non-statutory advocacy for care and treatment.
The Independent Advocates can:
· Provide information about your rights and support you to use them
· Defend and promote your rights for you when you can’t
· Accompany you to meetings and support you
· Explore options and choices in your care so you make informed decisions
· Help you speak up and self-advocate
· Listen to your views and concerns
What an Independent Advocate won’t do:
· Give you a personal opinion
· Make decisions for you
· Make judgements about you
You can self-refer to the service, or ask your health professional or social worker to refer you.