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Mental health advocacy aims:

  • To help safeguard the rights of service users – both rights under mental health policy and law and rights as citizens
  • To empower service users to make informed decisions about their care and treatment and to take greater control over their lives
  • To support service users to get their views heard
  • To represent the views of service users as if they were their own if the service user wishes it
  • To support service users in seeking resolution to issues which concern them
  • To protect service users who are particularly vulnerable for reasons of their illness or lack of capacity to make informed descisions
  • To feedback issues raised by service users to those providing and commissioning services so that services an be constantly improved