An advocate works on your behalf, providing information on your rights under the Mental Health Act and helping you to express any concerns you may have about your treatment. They can represent you at meetings, ensuring that your point of view is conveyed. An advocate can also offer support in preparing for your care plan as well as researching information and helping you to assess the treatment options available.
Advocacy services support service users; there are separate advocacy services that offer support to carers. They are independent from the Trust and their service is free. The service they offer is completely confidential and non-judgemental.
You can refer yourself for advocacy services, or a carer, relative or mental health professional can make a referral on your behalf.
If you need to refer someone for advocacy services and wish to discuss it further, please contact:
Service Lead, Rethink Advocacy Service
Tel: 020 3513 6055/6739
Independent mental health advocacy referral form (PDF, 187KB)
Springfield Rethink Advocacy Service
Rooms 11 and 12, Building 3
Springfield University Hospital
61 Glenburnie Road
London SW17 7DJ
Tel: 020 3515 6055/6739
Sutton Advocacy for Mental Health Service
14 Beacon Grove
Surrey SM5 3BA
Tel: 020 8773 3692
Advocacy Partners Sutton advocacy services for people with disabilities
54 Cheam Common Rd
Surrey KT4 8RH
Tel: 020 8330 6644
Fax: 020 8330 6622