What is a Peer Advocate?
Peer advocates are people who have experienced mental health difficulties and having achieved a sufficient level of recovery, complete an accredited training course. Therefore advocates are in a unique position to understand the difficulties and problems faced by people with mental health difficulties.
What will a Peer Advocate do for me?
He/She will provide information, choice and support to you, to help you to take control of your life. They can help you bring your concerns to the appropriate places, help you make a complaint or support or speak for you if you need it.
Who provides this service?
The Irish Advocacy Network Ltd provide this service. It is an island-wide, independent, mental health organisation led by people with personal experience of mental health difficulties.
When is this service available?
The advocate visits the unit on a regular basis. If you wish to see the advocate talk to your key nurse. Otherwise their number is available on the poster on notice board.
How do I make an appointment to see them?
You can ask your key nurse, contact them by phone or you can simply come and talk to them when they visit the ward.