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Community Ment Health J. 2018 Jul;54(5):607-615. doi: 10.1007/s10597-017-0177-9. Epub 2017 Nov 1.

Mental Health Consumers' Motives for Seeking Advocacy Support: A Qualitative Exploration.

Author information

1
School of Health Professions, Murdoch University, 90 South St, Murdoch, WA, 6150, Australia. N.Stomski@murdoch.edu.au.
2
School of Health Professions, Murdoch University, 90 South St, Murdoch, WA, 6150, Australia.
3
Health Policy and Research, Health Consumers Council (WA), 40 Lord St, East Perth, 6004, Western Australia, Australia.
4
Health Consumers Council (WA), 40 Lord St, East Perth, 6004, Western Australia, Australia.

Abstract

Advocacy plays a vital role in ensuring that mental health consumers' rights are maintained. However, the primary issues for which consumers seek advocacy support remain unknown. Understanding these issues provides a sound basis from which advocacy organisations may develop a clear service delivery focus. This study addresses the literature gap through presenting a qualitative analysis of 60 records from an advocacy service. Four major themes emerged, across which two key issues were dominant: the sense of fearfulness and disempowerment. These issues accentuate the importance of advocates in enhancing the agency of mental health consumers.

KEYWORDS:

Advocacy; Consumer; Mental health; Participation

PMID:
29094230
DOI:
10.1007/s10597-017-0177-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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