Community Mental Health Advocacy
This service provides ‘issue based’ advocacy for anyone aged 18 and over who experiences mental distress.
If your opinions and ideas are not being listened to, you are not being offered the opportunities and choices you need and if it feels like no one is on your side, a community advocate will listen to you, respect your views and support you to speak up for yourself. We cannot guarantee you will get what you want but we will make sure your views are heard and your rights are respected.
The service can provide support and options regarding a wide range of issues, e.g. for housing problems; accessing mental health or other services; for parents whose children are in need, at risk or in the care system; and for many other situations. It can also help to access other types of support if necessary e.g. legal, medical or care services, advice or information or others.
We can meet you at our offices, your home or somewhere else suitable.
We will agree with you what issues you need support with and how you want us to support you. We will do what you want and won’t take over from you. We may offer you advocacy over the telephone, e-mail, or for short periods or for a ‘one off’ (e.g. meetings etc.), depending on your needs.
Useful information and contacts
- Rethink Mental Illness: https://www.rethink.org/resources/
This website has a wide range of factsheets, produced by the Charity Rethink Mental Illness.
- Royal College of Psychiatrists: http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice.aspx
A huge range of information and factsheets about various mental health problems, treatments and other topics.
- Carers Trust: https://carers.org/article/mental-health-factsheets
Has factsheets with practical information on mental health conditions, questions to ask mental health professionals, confidentiality etc.
Has information on conditions, treatment options and practical issues.
Samaritans offers a safe, confidential place to talk.
Tel: 116 123 (free to call)
Leeds Mind promote positive mental health and wellbeing, and provide help and support to those who need it. We offer many services, including: counselling, group therapy, social support, peer support, self directed support, social prescribing, housing support, employment support, suicide bereavement support, and mental health training.
Head Office: Clarence House
11 Clarence Road
Tel: 0113 305 5800
Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Centre
When you’re desperate and feel you can’t cope, there is a place where you can talk to someone who’ll listen.
Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service
12 Chapel Street
Tel: 0113 260 9328