Who can be my advocate?
There are lots of different kinds of advocate you could approach, depending on your situation and the kind of support you want. For example:
- You can access a professional advocacy service through some organisations and charities.
- Your friends, family, or carers can act as an advocate for you.
- You can also be an advocate on your own behalf (called self-advocacy).
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 an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) or an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) – 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.
Advocates are so important!... Mental illness at times can make it hard to do what needs to be done, [to] stand up for yourself, to be listened to or taken seriously.
This information was published in August 2015. We will revise it in 2017.