Advocacy is a means of supporting and helping people to speak up or act for themselves
Advocates do not decide what is "right" for a person, but will help people make their own informed decisions
Balance Whanganui empowers people by helping them understand their rights
Advocacy is integrated into our peer support services
We assist people to take a stand through principled negotiation but do not avoid challenging the MH system directly if required
At a person's request we can attend interviews and appointments and speak on their behalf or simply offer our presence as support
Balance Whanganui also represents a mental health service user viewpoint at local, regional and national forums.