Advocacy in mental health

Explains what advocacy is and how it can help you. Gives information on different types of advocacy, including statutory advocates, what sort of situations an advocate can help you with, and how to find an advocate.

Your stories

What does the Care Act mean for people with mental health problems?

Helen from our Policy and Campaigns team blogs about the implications of the Care Act.

Helen Undy, Senior Policy & Campaigns Officer
Posted on 23/05/2014

Having my voice heard made all the difference

Andy reflects on his year as a Voice of Mind and having his voice heard in the run up to the general election.

Andy Hollinghurst, Voice of Mind
Posted on 01/05/2015

The night I spent in a cell

Claire blogs about why a police cell was the last place she needed to be during a mental health crisis.

Posted on 27/11/2014

Useful contacts

Who else could help?

Advocacy Support Cymru (ASC)

Provides Independent Mental Health Advocates in Wales.


Citizens Advice

03444 111 444
TextRelay users should call 03444 111 445

03444 77 20 20
TextRelay users should call 03444 111 445

Provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. They also have an online self-help service.


CoolTan Arts

CoolTan Arts is a London-based arts in mental health charity, run by and for adults with mental health problems. Offers a variety of workshops and training.


Coram Voice

Helpline: 0808 800 5792

Charity providing mental health advocacy support for young people in care, and care leavers.



Charity supporting homeless people including offering advocacy services.



MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexual, trans and queer people. Provides a range of independent advocacy services


National Survivor User Network (NSUN)

Independent, service-user-led charity for people with experience of mental health issues. Provides information, networking opportunities and peer-to-peer support.



POhWER is a advocacy charity and membership organisation providing advocacy services in the UK.


Rethink Mental Illness

Provides mental health advocacy services in the community, secure hospitals and secure units.


Santé Refugee Mental Health Access Project

Provides advocacy for vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers.


seAp (Support Empower Advocate Promote)

seAp is a charity providing free independent and confidential advocacy services.



0808 800 4444

0345 075 5005
Free, confidential advice on housing problems in England and Wales, offering some advocacy services.



Works with people across England to provide advocacy services, including mental health advocacy.

This information was published in March 2018 – to be revised in 2021. References are available on request. If you would like to reproduce any of this information see our page on permissions and licensing.

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