How to become a Mental Health Advocate

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Considering a career as a Mental Health Advocate?

Did you know that one if four people suffer from mental health problems? Whether it's depression, anxiety or something more severe like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, poor mental health affects every aspect of a person's life. It can make even the simplest actions in someone's daily routine feel like a challenge, which is why advocacy is so important. As a Mental Health Advocate, you're responsible for supporting people who are suffering from mental health problems. You'll ensure that every patient knows their rights and understands what options are available to them. You'll listen to their concerns, contact the relevant people on their behalf and accompany them to meetings or appointments. Ultimately, you're there to stand up for their rights and ensure they're getting the best possible care.

Where can a career as a Mental Health Advocate take you?

Health and Wellbeing Worker £17700 1-3 years
Mental Health Advocate £26,200 4-5 years
Advice Team Leader £28000 5-6 years

Are you the perfect candidate?

Skills and traits

  • Working knowledge of the needs and support requirements of people with complex mental health needs
  • A respectful and non-judgemental anti-discriminatory approach
  • Experience preparing and implementing needs assessments, support plans and risk assesements

Qualifications and experience

  • Independent Advocacy Qualification
  • Experience providing advocacy to people with severe mental illness in a hospital, care or community setting
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005

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