Advocacy Service

The Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health (Niamh) is a registered mental health charity which has been providing independent professional advocacy for mental health service users across the Northern Health and Social Care Trust areas.

Being independent ensures that your voice is heard. Advocates are professionally qualified and have knowledge of local service provision and relevant legislation. The advocacy service is free to service users.

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is an independent service designed to listen carefully to the concerns, problems or issues that people may be experiencing whilst using mental health services, and to give people a voice.

Advocates speak up for you when you feel you are not being heard, supporting you so that you can express your own views. They can help you make informed choices by providing information and exploring options. Ultimately where possible, the Advocacy Service will support you to make your own decisions and take control of your own life.

Advocacy is useful when:

  • Other people have more to say about your life than you do.
  • Others are making decisions on your behalf without involving yourself.
  • You do not feel able to speak up for yourself.
  • You are unsure what your rights are.
  • When no one is listening to what you have to say.

Contacting the Advocacy Service

You can contact the service on 028 9441 3305.

Once the advocacy service has recieved a request for an advocate, your advocate will make contact to offer an initial meeting. Your advocate will aim to respond to all referrals within 3 working days of recieving a request. When meeting with you, your advocate will aim to meet privately where possible.

Page last updated:06 February 2013