Mental Health Advocacy

Standing in the Gap

"Mental health advocacy is about challenging the major structural and attitudinal barriers to achieving positive mental health outcomes for our community"

Types of Advocacy.

Care Act Advocate (Under the care act 2014)

These advocates are fully involved in every step of the patient's care. They step in to ensure that the patient understands their rights with assessments, reviews, and support plans. 

Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA)(Mental capacity Act 2005)

These advocates are trained to support patients who lack the capacity to make serious life decisions surrounding treatment, care, and accommodation.


Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) (Mental Health Act 1983)

 These advocates are trained to support those who are detained under the mental health act under guardianship or community treatment order(CTO)

IMHAs help to ensure the patient understands their rights and that their views are heard 

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Educational Advocacy

Empowering Parents/Carers

S.I.R.G will aim to provide educational support to parents/carers who are not engaged in the school process.  Sufficient evidence exists that supports the view that non-engagement of parents leads to under-performance of young people.  Using the wider leadership knowledge and experience of its Directors and volunteers, SIRG will provide free at the point of use, support.  This will be developed using existing links with schools and local educational authorities focusing on those who find difficulty in engaging with the school.  Disengagement and limited involvement is often the result of a lack of information, power, confidence or prior negative experience.  All of these, in addition to structural systems that work against our community, can lead to poor outcomes for children

Holding Hands

Domiciliary Care

The power of companionship

S.I.R.G carers provide companionship for people who live in their own homes but require additional support with activities including household tasks, personal care and other areas which can help them maintain both their independence and quality of life.  

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The power of community

Prevention is better than a cure. Our workshops, with the support of associated facilitators, will be designed to educate and support the community, families, friends, and carers to have a better understanding of Mental Health, Education, causes and prevention, to support steps towards recovery.