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MENTAL HEALTH  ADVOCACY         Andy Cox  Mental Health Advocateandy.cox@iwk.nshealth.ca      902.470.7302
IWK’s Mental Health Advocate? -Brief       history -What I do -How
Why Mental Health              Advocacy?   “I was told to just listen. It is not your job to get    you better” -patient...
 “Myschool said that I have to repeat my grade because I was in the hospital too long.” –youth “Howcome my class didn’t ...
 “Mygroup home won’t take me back. I need a home”    -youth d/c from mental health inpatient    unit “How do I get him h...
 “Ihad a six month wait to get mental  health services, the ER would not admit  me even though I felt like killing myself...
Types of Advocacy Legal    Advocacy Social   Advocacy Individual   Advocacy Crisis   Advocacy
 Informal/Natural   Advocacy Formal   Advocacy Collective   Advocacy Systemic   Advocacy
Types of Advocates Self-advocates Consumer     Group (or peer) advocates Family    as advocates Citizen   advocates
 Staff   as advocates Boards    as advocates Substitute   decision-makers as advocates Lawyers    as advocates
IWK Programs   Central Referral 902.464.4110   Mobile Crisis 429-8167 (1-888-8167)   Mental Health Crisis Team   Inpat...
   Day Treatments (Child and Family, Adolescent)   ICBTT   Choices: Outpatient, Day Tx, Residential Tx   Complex Case ...
Mental Health Commission of          Canada (MHCC)   PARTNERS FOR MENTAL HEALTH
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  1. 1. MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY Andy Cox Mental Health Advocateandy.cox@iwk.nshealth.ca 902.470.7302
  2. 2. IWK’s Mental Health Advocate? -Brief history -What I do -How
  3. 3. Why Mental Health Advocacy? “I was told to just listen. It is not your job to get you better” -patient “They (the clinicians) told me that I don’t have capacity to make treatment decisions…I wondered what the hell that meant – I’m stupid?” -patient “We just assumed that we were not suppose to give our opinion about our daughter’s illness and treatment.” -parent
  4. 4.  “Myschool said that I have to repeat my grade because I was in the hospital too long.” –youth “Howcome my class didn’t welcome me back with balloons like the kid with cancer?” -youth
  5. 5.  “Mygroup home won’t take me back. I need a home” -youth d/c from mental health inpatient unit “How do I get him help?” -family
  6. 6.  “Ihad a six month wait to get mental health services, the ER would not admit me even though I felt like killing myself, and now that I have services I spend 10 minutes a month with a clinician to go over my medication.” -youth
  7. 7. Types of Advocacy Legal Advocacy Social Advocacy Individual Advocacy Crisis Advocacy
  8. 8.  Informal/Natural Advocacy Formal Advocacy Collective Advocacy Systemic Advocacy
  9. 9. Types of Advocates Self-advocates Consumer Group (or peer) advocates Family as advocates Citizen advocates
  10. 10.  Staff as advocates Boards as advocates Substitute decision-makers as advocates Lawyers as advocates
  11. 11. IWK Programs Central Referral 902.464.4110 Mobile Crisis 429-8167 (1-888-8167) Mental Health Crisis Team Inpatient Unit 4South Community Mental Health Maritime Psychiatry (sub-specialty mh services) Residential (ACT, Compass)
  12. 12.  Day Treatments (Child and Family, Adolescent) ICBTT Choices: Outpatient, Day Tx, Residential Tx Complex Case Management Child Welfare Mental Health Team Reproductive Mental Health Forensic Services
  13. 13. Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) PARTNERS FOR MENTAL HEALTH

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