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Edinburgh Collective Advocacy

Do you have experience of mental health issues and live in Edinburgh?

Do you want to:

  • Have your say about information and services for people with experience of mental health issues?
  • Try to make changes in the way you are treated or the services that you receive?
  • Then get involved in this collective advocacy project!

About the Edinburgh collective advocacy project

CAPS provides collective advocacy opportunities for people who live in Edinburgh and who have experience of mental health issues. The Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act 2003 gives people the right to access Independent Advocacy.

Our purpose is to bring together groups of individuals with a common cause to raise awareness, campaign and influence service planning and provision. The group comes together to talk about mental health services and other issues that are important to them.

Read the announcement of the launch of this work.

Why get involved?

Collective advocacy enables a peer group of people, as well as a wider community with shared interests, to represent their views, preferences and experiences.

Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance

The benefits of Collective advocacy include:

  • Reducing feelings of isolation when raising a difficult issue
  • Providing a stronger collective voice which is more difficult to ignore.
  • Sharing your experiences and opinions helping you to have your voice heard.
  • Building skills and understanding your rights.
  • Meeting likeminded people

If you, or a group you go to, would like to be involved please fill in the Get Involved form below, selecting the Edinburgh collective advocacy option.

If you would like mental health information related to Edinburgh you can find it on the iThrive website.

View all our collective advocacy projects

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