There are many types of advocacy:
Legislative advocacy is pretty much sticking your hand out and saying, “Please.”
Wellness Wordworks’s message is, “We don’t really need more money; we just need to spend it on what really works.”
But many legislative advocates in mental health are service providers fighting to keep their agencies open, whether or not this benefits people receiving services.
Most grassroots or consumer-based advocates have to pay their own expenses to participate in legislative advocacy and are consequently not strongly represented. Some professional advocates don’t even know consumers have an agenda.
Other Types of Advocacy
Policy advocacy is like repealing language that could take away a person’s right to vote if they had ever been given a mental health label, or for mental health courts that divert people with mental health problems away from jail and save money.
- Personal advocacy is helping people stand up for their rights, like MindFreedom’s Shield, or protecting your own rights with an appeal through the Disability Rights Center
- Solution-based advocacy is the focus of Wellness Wordworks. In this guest blog Paul Cumming from Network of Care talks about how solution-based advocacy is the best way to create change in the recovery movement.