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Mental Health Consumers’ Motives for Seeking Advocacy Support: A Qualitative Exploration

Stomski, N.J., Morrison, P., Whitely, M. and Brennan, P. (2017) Mental Health Consumers’ Motives for Seeking Advocacy Support: A Qualitative Exploration. Community Mental Health Journal, In press .

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10597-017-0177-9
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Abstract

Advocacy plays a vital role in ensuring that mental health consumers’ rights are maintained. However, the primary issues for which consumers seek advocacy support remain unknown. Understanding these issues provides a sound basis from which advocacy organisations may develop a clear service delivery focus. This study addresses the literature gap through presenting a qualitative analysis of 60 records from an advocacy service. Four major themes emerged, across which two key issues were dominant: the sense of fearfulness and disempowerment. These issues accentuate the importance of advocates in enhancing the agency of mental health consumers.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Health Professions
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Copyright: © 2017 Springer
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/39535
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