Independent mental health advocacy handbook
Bringing together their extensive experience in working with mental health users and advocates, City and Hackney Mind has compiled this best practice guide for advocates.
This helpful and lucid handbook is a reliable and commendable tool for anyone working in or concerned with Independent Mental Health Advocacy. It provides up to date advice on the critical issues facing advocates today, from the provision of advocacy to communities with least-met needs, guidance on non-instructed advocacy and the involvement of users in service design and delivery, and stands out for the directness and clarity with which it approaches its subject matter.
Throughout the handbook a series of insightful case studies puts the ideas developed into real life context. These practical scenarios clarify the duties, responsibilities and frequent complexity of the IMHA’s role in a world where perhaps distressing, and sometimes apparently contradictory pressures are commonplace.
Examples used are comprehensive, stretching from Complaints Procedures to Non-instructed Advocacy techniques. It makes a case for the vital role of mental health advocacy in general making clear what an advocate can and can’t do, but also what he or she should and shouldn’t
do: a vital resource.
Accurate and authoritative analysis of the regulatory environment in which advocates work means that this guide should been seen as essential
reading for mental health practitioners at any level.
- City and Hackney Mind's Advocacy Team
- City and Hackney Mind
New revised & updated edition June 2011
Updated edition 2011