Mental Health Reform launch report on advocacy needs of people with mental health difficulties

Karolyn Ward - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Today Mental Health Reform launched the report "The Advocacy Needs of Mental Health Service Users Living in the Community - A Pilot Study". 

The report examines the need for independent, one-to-one advocacy supports for people who use mental health services and who need help to make decisions or access their rights and entitlements. The study surveyed 76 people who use mental health services in a major urban area. The report was launched by the Ombudsman, Peter Tyndall.

Dr Shari McDaid of Mental Health Reform stated that "This report shows that some people with mental health difficulties lack the confidence to raise concerns about public services that they receive, including mental health services. When these situations arise, people should have access to an independent, one-to-one advocate, so that they can have their views heard in decisions about their treatment and have their rights and entitlements fully respected.” 

The research also indicated that people with mental health difficulties could greatly benefit from one-to-one advocacy to help them to access social welfare, housing and integration into their communities. 

HAIL Mental Health Tenancy Sustainment Workers and our Peer Support Volunteers offer a complementary and integrated approach to meeting the advocacy needs of our tenants and clients with mental health difficulties.  

The report can be downloaded from 

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