Independent Advocacy and Mental Health:

Independent advocacy is a way to help you to make your voice stronger and to have as much control as possible over your own life. Advocacy Workers do not make decisions on your behalf and they will not put words in your mouth. Independent Advocacy will help you get the information you need to make good choices, and give you the help you need to express yourself clearly.

Independent Advocacy can support people with mental health issues in a variety of different ways, from the obvious things like supporting them at tribunals, or following a detention under the mental health act; through to supporting them to access suitable housing and support, dealing with benefits etc. We can also support people with mental health issues in planning for the future, for example in making an Advance Statement.

Need help now?

Ceartas Advocacy works with people who have mental health issues, but we are not clinically trained and we cannot offer you the skilled help you need if you are experiencing a mental health crisis. If you need help right now, here are contact details for some useful organisations which can help you:

The Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90

Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87

NHS24: 08454 24 24 24

Out-Of-Hours CPN Service: 0845 650 1730

Mental Health

Mental Health problems will affect approximately one in four of us over the course of our lifetimes. We all have underlying personality traits, which are usually static and tend not to change over time. We also all have moods and emotions, which change over the course of the day or even with the changes of the seasons. These are not usually regarded as a mental health problem.

When someone’s mood, emotional state or personality changes significantly over a period of time, and these changes have a negative impact on the person’s life, then this can be a sign of a mental health problem. This can sometimes be diagnosed as a specific mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, or it may be diagnosed as a mood disorder like anxiety or depression.

The law includes mental health problems under the broader category of Mental Disorders, which also includes things like dementias, learning disabilities, brain injuries and amnesias.

Other Support for Mental Health issues:

There are a number of organisations providing a wide range of support and services for people with mental health issues in East Dunbartonshire:



Community Mental Health Team

Living Life To The Full

Bipolar Scotland