CAPS is an independent advocacy organisation for people who use or have used mental health services. We provide individual and collective advocacy in East Lothian and Midlothian. We also host several experience-led projects across Lothian.

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OUR LOCKDOWN EXPERIENCE  – ‘Virtually’ the People’s Conference 2020

31st of July 2020 on ZOOM from 1.15pm to 4.45pm. Flipchart with 6 symbols lectern, hands clapping, an emoticon with a mask, toilet paper, a cartoon of a bear bottle watching tv and a stickfigure swearing at the computer. -

The People’s Conference is an annual event organised by the Lothian Voices Collective Advocacy group for people with lived experience of mental health issues who live in the NHS Lothian area. This year, we will be discussing our experiences of lockdown and Covid-19.

As usual, the People’s Conference will have lots of discussion and and  interactive activities to join in with, even though we will be online. We will  discuss a variety of topics about our experiences of lock down and Covid-19, such as access to services, motivation, isolation, and look at some of the things that have been done that have kept us connected.

If you would like to attend please get in contact with Ele on 07948 740 158 or to register a place by the 15th of July.

We will be sending out resource packs to anyone who would like to come along, with some useful items for the day as well as a few goodies!



Coronavirus – latest service updates

The Individual Advocacy staff for East Lothian and Midlothian are working from home and regularly checking telephone messages so please get in touch with us on 0131 273 5118 if you need advocacy support. While we are unable to attend appointments face to face at the moment, we can arrange a telephone appointment with you and will try to assist you remotely as much as possible.

If you have an upcoming PIP telephone assessment and would like advocacy, an advocacy worker can take part in the assessment call as well to help you get all the information across that you want to. Please get in touch with us in advance and we will make you a telephone appointment with one of our advocacy workers to discuss.


Collective advocacy

We are holding collective advocacy meetings online now.  You can get in touch with the collective advocacy workers directly on

All LEARN courses have been cancelled. You can get in touch with us by email 


Covid-10 and Eating Disorder Experiences

5 May 2020 The current Coronavirus situation is unprecedented. It is causing a huge change in society, creating uncertainty, anxiety, and disruption to normal lives and normal routines. For people with an eating disorder, this disruption may bring about extra challenges that may be difficult to deal with on top of everything else. Quite often, living with an eating disorder already brings fear and panic, and the current situation has the potential to intensify this. The CAPS Eating Disorder collective advocacy group, Seen But Not Heard, have put together some information on their experience of living in these extraordinary times, and addressed some concerns that people living with an eating disorder may have.

Download Covid-19 – Eating Disorder Experiences CAPS 2020


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CAPS Independent Advocacy is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Scottish Charity number: SC021772

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