Advocacy for people with mental health needs

Advocacy for people with mental health needs

We provide advocacy for people with mental health needs, both in hospital and in the community.  Advocates can offer support in a number of ways. We may be able to help with:
 
  • Supporting and representation in ward rounds or Care Planning Approach meetings.
  • Support for appeals under the Mental Health Act.
  • Support at meetings or reviews.
  • Raising concerns and making complaints on behalf of individuals.
  • Accessing information on medication and diagnosis.
  • Understanding individual rights if you are detained under the Mental Health Act.
  • Help to contact a solicitor or other legal help.
  • Signposting to and accessing other services in the community.
  • Finding appropriate advice, for example about housing or benefits.
As well as offering a specialist one-to-one confidential service, we also offer regular open access sessions in hospitals in order to maximise opportunities for people to access our service as informally as possible.
 
Sometimes you may not need an advocate to represent you, but may want the chance to talk things through and gather information so that you can get your views across more effectively. Cloverleaf carries a wide range of information about mental health services and your rights.
 
Advocates can offer you the opportunity to talk things through and work out how to deal with them for yourself. The advocate is independent, there to support you and will not discuss anything you have said without your permission.

What we offer

Advocacy for people with mental health needs includes the following services, click on the links for more information:
  • IMHA
  • Advocacy in secure settings
  • Generic mental health advocacy, including a comprehensive service in medium secure units at Newton Lodge and The Humber Centre.