Someone to speak on your behalf
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Some people are unable to speak up for themselves, or feel that others may not be listening to their views and opinions. An advocate can act on your behalf so your voice is heard and your rights and interests are protected. Advocacy is an independent service, so they are solely representing your views. As well as help for individuals, advocacy can be collective where you can meet with other people who have the same concern.
Advocacy can help you
- to speak up
- have a say in how you are treated.
- have as much control over your life as possible.
- go to meetings and come with you.
- to write letters and make phone calls for you.
- to find out about things so you can make choices.
Advocay is not about
- giving you general advice
- making decisions for you
- telling you what you should do
- speaking for you if you are able to speak for your self
- agreeing with everything you say and doing anything you ask
- giving you legal advice.
The next pages explain how to find and use an advocacy service.
You may also want to find out what to do to protect an adult at risk of harm or learn about Mental Health Officers who can give advice about rights to people affected by compulsory care and treatment.