“The Pocket Advocate is inspirational and people feel really invested in it...They are in the driving seat, it is truly service user led, and for this I think the tool is unique and invaluable... It’s a bit like a mobile phone, once you have one you wonder how you ever lived without it.”
- Moira Matthews, Social Worker.
The Pocket Advocate is a free mental health self advocacy tool developed in consultation with Camden & Islington's NHS Foundation Trust. It provides users with a personalised document that clearly communicates their mental and physical health needs to others in an emergency situation. It can also be used as a day-to-day self management tool. The Pocket Advocate can be completed online and downloaded as a PDF. This can be retrieved by a user from their phone, emailed, printed and shared with others. Click here to get started.
Shot on the grounds of what was once a hospital, built in 1916 to treat injured servicemen, this short film aims to challenge the stigma and discrimination held towards those of us who live with the challenges of a mental health diagnosis. The film is inspired by the possibility that, despite our many differences, our personal struggles could be what unites us rather than separates us. A powerful idea at a time of social and political uncertainty, particularly within the United Kingdom.
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"The Pocket Advocate confidently and clearly addresses the widening gap
between the individual, their community and the local services available to them. Through a creative, as opposed to a clinical approach, the format and aim of the Pocket Advocate is to inspire a sense of pride and achievement rather than being an impersonal document that gets lost and forgotten about"