Commissioning and providing mental health advocacy for African and Caribbean men


Action for Advocacy

Action for Advocacy provides a resource and support agency for independent advocacy schemes in England and Wales. It provides organisational development, a monthly magazine, 'Planet Advocacy', a monthly email bulletin, training and events. Action for Advocacy influences policy and can answer queries relating to advocacy.

Address: PO Box 31856, Lorrimore Square, London, E17 3XR Tel: 020 7820 7868 Email: Website:

Advocacy Resource Exchange (ARX)

Advocacy Resource Exchange supports the provision of independent advocacy for disabled and disadvantaged people in England and Wales. The ARX web site provides details of local advocacy schemes throughout the UK and a list of advocacy networks and resources.

Tel: 020 8880 4545/4547 Email: Website:

African and Caribbean Mental Health Commission

African and Caribbean Mental Health Commission is a commission of the Mayor of London set up in 2002. It is an independent London-wide forum that aims to address inequalities in mental health policy and practice for African and Caribbean communities. It provides an authoritative strategic voice on issues relating to the improvement of mental health service planning, provision and delivery.

Equalities National Council

Equalities is a national organisation of disabled people and carers from black and minority ethnic communities. It is independent and run by service users. Equalities provides advocacy for carers and people with long-term conditions, including mental health problems.

Address: Waltham Forest College, 707 Forest Road, London E17 4JB Tel: 020 8527 3211 Email: Website:

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Equality and Human Rights Commission champions equality and human rights for all. It has offices in Manchester, London, Glasgow and Cardiff and a helpline.

London address: 3 More London, Riverside Tooley Street SE1 2RG Tel: 020 3117 0235 Manchester address: Arndale House, The Arndale Centre, Manchester, M4 3AQ Tel: 0161 829 8100 Email: Website:

Good Advocacy Practice

This is an 18-month project set up by the Care Services Improvement Partnership with the Department of Health and the Welsh Assembly Government to promote good quality advocacy for people who are subject to the powers of the Mental Health Act in England and Wales. The Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHA) project will work in three areas:

The website contains useful resources and case studies and further information about Independent Mental Health Advocates as well as the opportunity to contribute to a mapping of mental health advocacy services.


The Afiya Trust

The Afiya Trust is a black and minority ethnic (BME) led organisation with a national remit to reduce inequalities in health and social care provision for racialised groups. The Trust has the National BME Network to provide a unified voice of users, professionals, carers and families concerned about poor mental health services experienced by BME communities. It also has a network of service users, Catch-A-Fiya, whose aim is to facilitate positive change for survivors.

Address: 27-29 Vauxhall Grove, Vauxhall, Lambeth SW8 1SY Tel: 020 7582 0400 Website:

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