Guide for Mental Health Advocates http://www.bihr.org.uk/media/new-mental-health-advocacy-and-human-rights-your-guide?goback=%2Egde_4341296_member_241374594
This guide is written by the British Institute of Human Rights, as part of its Human Rights in Healthcare project. Funded by the Department of Health, the project has worked with 20 voluntary and community sector organisations in England over three years to explore how human rights can assist with the provision of better health and social care services.
This guide is written in partnership with several organisations on that project, who work on mental health, including Mind in Brighton and Hove, Wish and NSUN. The guide is designed to assist advocates working with service users with mental health problems. Much of the information will also be directly relevant to service users, in particular the sections ‘How the Human Rights Act works’ on page 7 and ‘Key human rights relevant to mental health’ on page 9.
The guide is mostly written directly to service users, ie your rights and your health. No knowledge of human rights or the Human Rights Act (HRA) is assumed. But it should also be of use to those with some human rights knowledge, in particular the practical sections towards the end of the guide. It is designed to allow readers to ‘dip in and out’. If you don’t have time to read the whole guide, see the contents page for the parts most relevant to you.