Individual Advocacy

In Scotland, everyone who has experienced mental health issues has a right to access independent advocacy.


We provide individual advocacy for people aged 18-65 years old in East Lothian and Midlothian who have experienced a mental health issue.

Our service is free of charge and provided by trained advocacy workers and volunteers.

We can arrange for one of our advocacy workers to meet with you, when and where it suits you both.

We can help you to deal with all sorts of issues relating to your mental health, such as housing, employment and services you use or would like to use.



  • you can feel overwhelmed by a situation
  • people are not taking the time to explain things properly
  • people are not listening to what you say
  • people have decided that you are not able to make decisions, and make them for you
  • professionals use jargon or words you don’t understand

CAPS Individual Advocacy can support you to make your own choices and access services, but we do not give advice or act as counsellors or befrienders.


  • to have your say
  • to get the information you need to understand and make decisions
  • to challenge decisions you don’t agree with
  • in situations when you are vulnerable
  • to safeguard your rights
  • by supporting you to prepare for meetings
  • by going with you to appointments
  • by talking to you about what has been decided

To contact Individual Advocacy Workers

phone: 0131 273 5118



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