South Tyneside Advocacy
Telephone – 0191 4271500
The South Tyneside and Pathways (Gateshead) advocacy service are independent and free case advocacy services, available to people with mental health needs, residing or receiving services in the South Tyneside and Gateshead areas. We help represent a person’s views concerning their care and decisions affecting their daily lives.
Advocacy is based on the principle that all people are of equal value and therefore are entitled to equal rights. The advocacy service offers support to people who feel that their views are not being heard, or acted upon, regarding their mental health care and any decision that may affect their daily lives.
Mental Health Case advocacy
South Tyneside and Pathways advocacy service provide independent case advocacy which is short term and issue based. An advocate will assist you make an informed decision around specific issues you may be experiencing, and support you to exercise your right to have your views heard.
Some examples of areas an advocate may be able to assist you may be:
- Discuss options regarding a potential decision or course of action
- Support you with making a complaint or challenging a decision
- Assist you to access information regarding the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and other legislation
- Liaise with professionals on your behalf
- Support you to prepare for and attend appointments with professionals to ensure your voice is heard
An advocate will not judge or make a decision for you; they will merely offer you the information to make an informed choice and then support you to express your wishes.
I don’t know how I would have coped without my advocates help and support. A kind and caring person who was always there to support me.”
My family and I are very grateful for my advocates help. They managed a very difficult situation with great care. I could not have done this without their help.”
I don’t know how I would have coped without my advocates help and support. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you.”
This is a few notes to say a big thank you…………. I don’t know where i would be without their help… and would recommend it to anyone.”
All advocates have been easy to talk to and more than happy to explain options allowing me to be empowered to control my situation.”