Mental Health Advocacy Project
They work with people in the hospital and community and can help in a range of different situations such as:
- The Mental Health Act; including Advance Statements and Named Person
- The Adult with Incapacity Act
- The Adult Support & Protection Act
- Care & Treatment issues
- Housing issues
- Family issues
- Benefit & Finance issues
- Criminal issues
- Carers issues
Advocacy can support people with meetings and appointments and communicate on your behalf or help you to communicate with others. You may feel you need support with:
- Understanding your rights if you are detained in Hospital.
- Attending medical appointments or reviews
- Speaking to people involved in your care and treatment
- Help to find information about and help to access services
- Financial matters
- Attending appointments for housing, criminal etc.
- Helping you know your rights
MHAP also offers collective advocacy which helps service users join together to discuss issues and take forward views that may influence change. It offers a shared voice rather than singling out individuals. It can help:
- Enable people to raise awareness and influence service planning and provision
- Make use of people’s shared experiences so that they can have a stronger and more influential collective voice
- Address difficulties that service users are encountering with any aspect of their care and treatment, whilst affected by illness
- Challenge stigma and discrimination
How To Get In Touch
Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:
Adults and young people who experience mental health and/or addiction problems and are resident in the community or in hospital in West Lothian, or in HMP Addiewell.
This service accepts direct self referrals.
Contact Info. & Service Address
189a West Main Street
Strathbrock Partnership Centre,
189a West Main Street,
Monday to Thursday: 9.00am - 5.00pm and Friday: 9.00am - 3.00pm
Provider's Name: Mental Health Advocacy Project (MHAP)
The Mental Health Advocacy Project (West Lothian) is an independent advocacy provider. MHAP provides both individual advocacy and collective advocacy. They provide a mental health advocacy service for people in hospital, for those living in the community and for residents in HMP Addiewell. Advocates help by speaking and communicating on behalf of people who experience mental health issues in a range of hospital and community settings on an individual and collective basis. Individual Advocacy can help people to speak to professionals such as doctors, nurses, lawyers, social workers, employers etc. Advocates can also provide support in meetings and help with written communication.