for better mental health

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.

Mind's services

  • Helplines – our Infolines provide information and support by phone, email and text.
  • Local Minds – provide face-to-face services across England and Wales. These might be talking therapies, peer support and advocacy.
  • Side by Side – our supportive online community for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Other organisations

Advocacy Support Cymru (ASC)

029 2054 0444
Provides mental health advocacy in Wales.

Citizens Advice

03444 111 444 (Adviceline)
03444 111 445 (Text relay)
Free, confidential information and advice on your rights, including with money, housing, legal and other problems.

Coram Voice

0808 800 5792
Provides advocacy for children and young people in care, and care leavers.

Information and support for homeless people. Also provides peer-to-peer health advocacy in London.

Mental health service run by and for LGBTQ+ people.

National Survivor User Network (NSUN)
Independent, service-user-led charity for people with experience of mental health issues. Provides information, networking opportunities and peer support.


0300 456 2370
Provides advocacy services in England.

Rethink Mental Illness

0300 5000 927
Provides support and information for anyone affected by mental health problems, including local support groups.

Santé Refugee Mental Health Access Project
Provides advocacy and befriending for vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers.

The Advocacy People
Charity providing advocacy services, including IMHA services. (Formerly known as SEAP).

Shelter Cymru

0345 075 5005
Provides free, confidential advice on housing and homelessness in Wales.

Shelter England

0808 800 4444
Provides free, confidential advice on housing and homelessness in England.

Provides advocacy services across England.

This information was published in March 2018. We will revise it in 2021.

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