Advocacy Service

Brighton/Hove advocacy services for people with mental health issues

What does it do?

Advocacy is a service that assists people to sort out difficult situations by making sure that people have the information they need to make their own decisions and are given support to help explain what they want and their decisions to the professionals involved in the decision making process.
Advocacy support can be requested for a vast range of situations ranging from helping to discuss care plans and medication changes with clinical staff, making complaints about services or raising concerns, requesting care packages through to supporting at mental health and benefit tribunals.
Advocates are able to help in situations when:

  • You are not being given all the information you need to make a decision
  • The information you are given is not appropriate (too complicated, not detailed enough, confusing etc)
  • You feel your views and wishes are being ignored by professionals making decisions about you
  • Your feel you are being discriminated against
  • You need to engage in a complex procedure with its own rules, such as complaining about a service

Who it is for?

Advocacy support can be requested for a vast range of situations ranging from helping to discuss care plans and medication changes with clinical staff, making complaints about services or raising concerns, requesting care packages through to supporting at mental health and benefit tribunals.

Where it is available?

Regional service (East Sussex, West Sussex).

What it costs:

Advocacy is free – We are a funded service. We do not charge you for advocacy.

How to access or apply for it:

See contacts details above

Additional information:

Mind in Brighton and Hove advocates work with people in Brighton, Hove and West Sussex who experience mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia as well as many others. There are two main types of advocacy which we provide:
IMHA is for adults who are:

  • detained in hospital under the mental health actat risk of being detained in hospital under the mental health act
  • under Community Treatment Orders (CTOs)

Community Advocacy – is for people who

  • live in the community and experience mental health issues
  • have asked or agreed to stay in a mental health unit voluntarily (in hospital but not ‘sectioned’)
  • live in the community and want to access mental health services as they believe they have an undiagnosed mental
  • health condition.

Classification(s):

Info last updated:

02/12/2013
Provider
51 New England Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4GQ