If you’ve been detained under the Mental Health Act (1983) or need a Care Act (2014) assessment, our Independent Advocates can support you to understand your legal rights. Our advocates work with Cygnet Healthcare and Ealing Local Authority. 

What an Independent Advocate can do for you

  • Provide information about your legal rights and support you to use them
  • Defend and promote your rights for you when you can’t
  • Accompany you to meetings
  • Explore options and choices in your care
  • Support you to speak to your doctors and nurses about your care and treatment decisions
  • Advocate for you to ensure that you are involved in your Community Care Act Assessment

What an Independent Advocate won’t do for you

  • Give you a personal opinion
  • Make decisions for you
  • Make judgements about you


  • Over 18
  • Detained or informal and in Cygnet Hospital Harrow or
  • Detained or informal in St Bernard’s Hospital Ealing (Hope, Horizon or Jubilee Ward)

Our achievements and your feedback

Last year our Advocates supported 720 people within the inpatient wards.

Very helpful and considerate staff.

I understood my rights as a result of using the service.

I met professional people who knew how to solve my problems.

Next step

  • Refer yourself by email [email protected] , or phone 020 7386 1187/8 for inpatient advocacy, 020 3745 3675 for community and prison based advocacy
  • Ask your health professional or social worker to refer you. Please click on the button on the left to fill in the form.

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