CAPS Independent Advocacy
CAPS Independent Advocacy supports people who use, or have used mental health services.
CAPS Independent Advocacy provides individual and collective advocacy in East Lothian and Midlothian. CAPS also host several experience-led projects across Lothian. These include:
Experiences of Psychosis is for people who have experienced psychosis to come together, have a collective voice and create change. The group decides what it wants to do (it is experience-led) and has a CAPS staff member to enable/facilitate its decisions.
LEARN is Lothian Education and Recovery Network. It offers free learning opportunities such as WRAP courses. The courses are recovery-focussed and experience-led. LEARN aims to work together with people who use and work in mental health services.
Lothian Voices gathers views and opinions from across Lothian about the Lothian Mental Health Strategy “A Sense of Belonging.” Lothian Voices facilitates these views to be included in the strategic decision making process.
Much More Than a Label Personality Disorder Project aims to promote better understanding and information about this diagnosis. It is for people with a personality disorder diagnosis, or have had experiences they they feel they fit the diagnosis, to come together in a collective voice and create change.
Oor Mad History is an innovative community history project. It aims to reclaim and promote the history of activism and collective advocacy by people with mental health issues. The project uses community history and the arts as a way to have a stronger voice about mental health and the mental health system, build community, challenge assumptions about people who use mental health services and tackle discrimination.
Seen But Not Heard aims to highlight the impact eating disorders have on people’s lives. The project has created a film and arranges screenings, facilitates discussions and relates personal experiences directly to audiences.
Arts as Advocacy enables people to express their mental health experiences through various different art forms. Art work contributes to the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival and an annual exhibition takes place at Summerhall entitled, Out Of Sight Out Of Mind.
Intended Client Groups:
- People Experiencing Mental Health Difficulties
This service is available to residents of all parts of Edinburgh
Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:
Anybody aged between 18/65 years old and living in Edinburgh who uses or has used mental health services.
This service accepts direct self referrals.
Contact Info. & Provider's Address
Monday - Friday from 9.30 am o 5.00 pm
-Monday - Friday from 9.30 am o 5.00 pm-
Facilities & Access
This service has the following facilities:
- Public Parking
Parking available in nearby streets
- Wheelchair Access
- Meetings are held at accessible venues. Information can be made available in various formats and community languages, on request, through CEC Interpretation and Translation Service
- Creche facilities are not available at this location.
Public Transport Information
Lothian Regional Transport bus numbers - 4, 5, 15, 15A, 19, 26, 34, 44, 44A, 45