Why Independent Advocacy Is Needed
Many people find that when they feel unwell it is not as easy to say what they want as it is at other times. Independent Advocacy is a way to help you to make your voice stronger and to have as much control as possible over your own life. Independent Advocacy Workers will work closely with you to explore your options, explain your basic human rights, and assist you through whatever issues you may have. Independent Advocacy Workers do not make decisions on your behalf nor do they put words in your mouth. Under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, people with learning disabilities and people with a mental illness also have a right to Independent Advocacy Support. You do not have to be in hospital, or under any Mental Health Act to get this right to Independent Advocacy.
Advocacy Western Isles have two trained Mental Health Independent Advocacy Workers, one in Lewis & Harris, and another in Uist and Barra, who have worked in the field of Mental Health for many years. They are trained to offer Independent Advocacy to people who may experience various difficult issues at some point in their lives and need additional help during this time.
How Independent Advocacy Can Help
People who suffer from mental health issues can often find themselves vulnerable and anxious, finding it hard to speak up for themselves to get the assistance they need when faced with extraordinary circumstances that may occur during their lives.