Advocacy Service

The Advocacy Service at Mary Seacole House provides support to ensure that the needs of communities experiencing racial inequalities are met within the mental health and social care systems. We encourage self-advocacy and assist people in challenging inappropriate practices and treatment.

Mary Seacole House provides a one-to-one, issue-based advocacy service to support people navigating mental health and social care systems. Our aim is to ensure that people’s voices are both represented and respected by professionals, protecting the rights of the individual and encouraging them to make informed choices, ensuring that they have the opportunity to explore the options available to them in relation to their mental health and wellbeing. We focus on raising awareness, helping professionals in the mental health and social care systems to understand the needs of racialised communities.

We provide:

    • Support to individuals, across Liverpool, aged eighteen or over, who have an issue impacting their mental health.
    • Services that develop the confidence of individuals experiencing mental distress by informing each individual of their rights and assisting them in exploring options available.
    • Encouragement to individuals with the aim of empowering people through self-advocacy to be able to challenge inappropriate practices.
    • Assistance within health and social care systems with the aim of making sure that your wishes are respected by both professionals and services.
    • Help in accessing appropriate services and support to give feedback and raise complaints.
    • Awareness raising to health and social care professionals and to those in the voluntary and private care sector highlighting the support needs of communities experiencing racial inequalities and the importance of cultural sensitivity.
    • Training to both service users and professionals on our Peer Advocacy Training Programme with certification.

To access this service please fill out a referral form via our Get Support page or for more information you can contact us on: 0151 707 0319 |

One morning in June 2020, graffiti reading RIP SENI appeared emblazoned across a public artwork outside the Bethlem royal hospital, a psychiatric hospital in south London. The spray-painted letters drew attention to Olaseni Lewis, a 23-year-old black man who died after being restrained by 11 police officers while in the care of the hospital in 2010. This film follows what happened after the graffiti, as it launches a discussion about race, mental health and injustice in the UK, and the effects on families. Produced by the Bethlem Gallery and supported by the Mental Health and Justice Project. Read about the consultation on ‘Seni’s Law’ which follows the delay in enacting the legislation passed after his death: Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 statutory guidance

Read The Guardian Article

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