What is advocacy?

Advocacy means getting support from another person to help you express your views and wishes, and to help make sure your voice is heard. Someone who helps you in this way is called your advocate.

Unfortunately, having a mental health problem can sometimes mean that your opinions and ideas are not always taken seriously, or that you are not always offered all the opportunities and choices you would like. This can be difficult to deal with, especially when you need to communicate regularly with health care professionals, or other professionals.

Light bulb

What does an advocate do?

How your advocate helps you is up to you – they’re there to support your choices. For example, they can:

  • We listen to your views and concerns
  • MATV Mind help you explore your options and rights (without advising you in any particular direction)
  • give you information to help you make informed decisions
  • help you contact relevant people, or contact them on your behalf
  • accompany and support you in meetings or appointments

An advocate will not:

  • give you their personal opinion
  • solve problems and make decisions for you
  • make judgements about you

Advocacy is a process of supporting and enabling people to:

  • express their views and concerns
  • access information and services
  • defend and promote their rights and responsibilities
  • explore choices and options

Types of Advocacy

Community Advocacy

Merthyr and the Valleys Mind provides Community Advocacy to people who experience mental health and emotional wellbeing needs and their carers. The service is available at our Merthyr Tydfil Information Centre via appointment only.

If you have used our advocacy service please fill out an Advocacy Service User Satisfaction Survey