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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

CR171. Independent Advocacy for People with Mental Disorder

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Approved: Oct 2011

Published: Feb 2012

Status: current

Number of pages: 42

Review by: 2016

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People with mental health problems and intellectual disability may face discrimination and marginalisation, and independent advocacy is an excellent way to ensure that an individual’s rights are upheld and that the individual receives the care and treatment that they are entitled to. It also has benefits for psychiatrists and can improve the quality of the relationships between people with mental health problems and professionals. This report sets out the principles of advocacy and provides recommendations and guidance.

This report replaces CR74: Patient Advocacy from 1999.



Working Group

Executive summary


  1. Introduction and context
  2. Definition of independent advocacy
  3. Key principles in individual advocacy
  4. How do advocates work?
  5. Different types of advocacy
  6. Statutory advocacy
  7. Advocacy and equality
  8. Advocacy in different clinical areas
  9. Myth busting
  10. Useful contacts


Appendix: Training and standards



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