My best ever advocate could sit and listen to it all pour out, however ill I was. Then help me get it into words that the people I needed to listen would take seriously.
Who can be my advocate?
There are different kinds of advocate you could approach. For example:
- You can access a professional advocacy service through some organisations and charities. They are independent of the NHS and social services.
- Your friends, family, or carers can act as an advocate for you.
See our page on types of advocacy for more details about who can be an advocate, and how different advocacy services work.
Do I have a legal right to an advocate?
In some circumstances you may be legally entitled to a professional advocate, such as:
This is called statutory advocacy. See our page on statutory advocacy for more information on whether this applies to you, and how to access this kind of advocacy.
Phil's advocacy story
Phil and Tom have worked together on housing and benefits issues which have helped him stay well: