We believe systemic advocacy is an effective, democratic mechanism to progress our goal of social inclusion for people who experience mental distress (experience mental health and/or addiction issues).
We define systemic advocacy as:
Action taken to influence or produce change in services, policies and law to ensure social inclusion and justice for people who experience mental distress.
Desires outcomes for our systemic advocacy include:
- Positive changes in legislation/ protection of existing legislation
- Positive changes in policies and practices of services (both generic and health)
- Increased leadership in community activities by people with experience of mental distress
- New service development in response to identified needs
- Increased choice of types of services (both generic and health)
- Promoting issues to be taken up by government agencies and community groups
- Increasing the capacity of community organisations, especially consumer-run organisations
- Development of effective networks and coalitions
ASAP- A Systemic Advocacy Project
In 2009 we received funding from the J.R. McKenzie Trust to facilitate a systemic advocacy project in the Welington region. The project aim was to establish workable and sustainable sysemic advocacy structures and processes for people with experience of mental health and/or addiction in our region. The funding was for a period of two years from July 2009 until the end of June 2011. We undertook this project in partnership with a number of local organisations.