Advocacy, in the broadest sense, is committed to protecting the fundamental rights and dignity of people with mental health issues. The fundamental role of the advocate is to represent the interests, desires, voice of the people and empower people with mental health issues (and other disadvantaged or excluded people). In 2019 we became the first professionally verified advocacy program in Slovenia. Since 2018, advocacy has also been carried out at the unit in Prevalje and in the field in several Carinthian municipalities.
- introductory interview: determining the type and extent of violated rights, interests and personal integrity of the user through an interview;
- legal advice for various tasks or in the proceedings themselves and free legal aid;
- field work: monitoring and protection of the rights and interests of users in the field;
- protection of personal dignity in resolving conflict situations (eg in disputes with relatives, in the neighborhood or in a block of flats, etc.);
- empowerment workshops: training on rights and how to exercise them;
- self-advocacy and assertiveness training workshops;
- informing the general and professional public about advocacy.