NYAS advocates work within a variety of locked, rehabilitative, and residential mental health recovery settings within the Priory for children, adolescents and vulnerable adults across England and Wales.

NYAS advocates are independent: they do not work for the hospital or unit.

Our advocates listen to what you want, inform you of your rights and empower you to get your voice heard.

We ensure your wishes and feelings are expressed and acted upon to improve your situation.

Our advocates work just for you and are on your side.

They help you to be actively involved in decisions that affect your care and treatment.

No problem is too big or too small.

What support can I expect?

We can help you:

• Understand your rights
• If you feel your views are not being listened to and want someone on your side
• Ensure you have a say at meetings such as care planning (CPA/CTP) and/or ward rounds to get your voice heard
• Raise concerns or make a complaint about your care or treatment
• Access greater support through more specialist advocacy services including Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA)

There may be some things that can’t be changed, but an advocate will make sure everyone knows how you feel and help you to understand why the decision has been made.

We provide a confidential service, and will only pass on information about you with your consent, unless it places you or others at risk of harm.

We are led by you which means you are in control

Download our mental health leaflet

Call our Helpline 0808 808 1001 or email help@nyas.net for further help and support.