Advocacy in mental health

Explains what advocacy is and how it can help you. Gives information on different types of adovcacy, 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

Local Minds

Local Minds support over 280,000 people across England and Wales. Their services can include advocacy, supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending. They may be able to help you find advocacy services in your area. Find your local Mind here.

Advocacy services Wales

Provides mental health advocacy services to people in Wales.

Advocacy Support Cymru (ASC)

Provides Independent Mental Health Advocats in Wales.

Citizens Advice

03444 77 20 20 (Wales)
03444 111 444 (England)
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

020 7701 2696

CoolTan Arts is a London-based arts in mental health charity, run by and for adults with mental health problems. Offers free training in self-advocacy.

Coram voice

helpline: 0808 800 5792

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

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.


020 7715 0385

LGBT+ mental health charity providing mental health advocacy for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the London area.


0300 456 2370

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.

seAp (Support Empower Advocate Promote)

Provides a range of advocacy services across the south of England.


0808 800 4444
0845 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 August 2015. We will revise it in 2017.

Mental Health A-Z

Information and advice on a huge range of mental health topics

> Read our A-Z


Helping you to better understand and support people with mental health problems

> Find out more

Special offers

Check out our promotional offers on print and digital booklets, for a limited time only

> Visit our shop today