CAPS Independent Advocacy provides independent individual advocacy to:
- people aged between 18-65 and resident in East Lothian or Midlothian, (whether in the community or in a hospital), who need support to have their voice heard due to mental health issues or drug or alcohol use;
- children and young people aged 5-18 who live in East Lothian or Midlothian and are being supported by the Children’s Hearings System.
CAPS provides independent collective advocacy to people with experience of mental health issues across Lothian.
Lothian collective advocacy groups include: Eating Disorders; Personality Disorder; Psychosis; Trauma; Oor Mad History; LEARN (CAPS education as advocacy project); Arts as Advocacy and the Peer Forum. We also have two experience-led projects in Edinburgh only, one for people from ethnic minority backgrounds and one for LGBTQI+ people.
• One to one and collective advocacy for people aged 18-65 with mental health issues.
• One to one advocacy for people aged 18-65 with drug or alcohol use.
• One to one advocacy for children and young people 5-18 who are being supported by the Children’s Hearings System.
• Collective advocacy to people with experience of mental health issues across Lothian.