Public Advocacy

A public advocate is proactive at the community, state and/or national level. Visit this area to learn all about how to be a public advocate.

Personal Advocacy

A personal advocate may also be a public advocate, but not necessarily. Personal advocates address the issues of the mental health consumer in their daily lives. The serve as examples to others of how to combat stigma and other problems that impact consumers and their families.

In everything we do or say we are teaching others about what it means to have a mental illness like Bipolar Disorder--learn what it takes to teach wisely and well.



Come On Mates-- this way for What's Up With Consumers Down Under!

It's just for you! All Aussie Consumer Advocacy Resources from across the land listed state by state. A comprehensive advocacy resource including pointers to kits and "How to" manuals! Be sure you visit here!

Advocacy International

Find out what mental health advocates and consumers are doing around the world. From the USA to Ireland and everywhere there is a hint of activism, you'll find the news and information you want right here.

FyrenIyce Library

Find articles, links and other resources for advocacy as well as a complete list of all links that appear elsewhere on the website.

How to Be An Advocate

There are as many ways as there are people to being an advocate and it doesn't mean you have to become a big time organiser either. You can be an advocate just by the way you talk about mental illness. Read more.

Advocacy Issues

There are so many issues that impact the mentally ill. This section discusses what some of those issues are and which ones need addressing the most.

Electroconvulsive Therapy

It pays to be informed about this treatment BEFORE someone suggests it as an avenue. There are so many things to be aware of before one consents to this form of therapy. Learn more about ECT here.

The Hospital Experience

How not to be bulldozed. Both you, as a consumer, and your family, need to know how to be assertive and upfront with the hospitalisation process and the staff you'll encounter. Here are some suggestions.

Advocacy in the Workplace

Know your rights and be prepared to ask for accommodations when and where you need them.

Ten reasons why people with serious mental illness don't fight psychiatric abuses.

(and often lose the fight when they do). - A consumer perspective

Ten things mental health providers can do...

... to encourage consumers to voice their concerns, preferences or complaints. A good, concise read for those in a hurry to know.