Advocate

Advocate

I use the word advocate here in the “pleading for” or “support” sense. People with a mental illness often cannot present their own case, or express their requirements clearly. It became obvious to me that I had to advocate for my daughter in many ways. I needed to represent her to ensure she received the care and treatment she needed and to which she was entitled. I had to guide her through handling application forms for services that required them and I attended meetings with her so I could remember information and instructions because she did not have the capacity to do these things on her own. When mental illness strikes, family members or even friends should advocate for the loved one to help them get the care that they need. Mental health care is primarily a voluntary service so advocacy can be essential for supporting a person to get help.