Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

Are you receiving mental health treatment in Hospital? Are you under section and want to know your rights? Do you want more information about treatment options? Do you want more support at meetings to get your views heard?

Whilst you are subject to the Mental Health Act you may have questions about your rights, treatment and care. If so an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) could help you. The Independent Mental Health  Advocacy is a specific type of advocate provided to patients under the revised Mental Health Act 2007.

Who is the service for?

  • Anyone detained or sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
  • Anyone on a Community Treatment Order or conditionally discharged.
  • Anyone subject to guardianship
  • If you are an informal patient likely to be detained
  • Any patient discussing serious treatment such as neurosurgery or ECT for anyone under 18.
  • If you are an informal or voluntary patient you can still see a mental health advocate so contact us about the service we can offer you.

What can we do?

  • Explain how the Mental Health Act affects you
  • Provide you with information on rights and help you to understand how to use them
  • Help you get information about and understand any treatment you are being offered and given
  • Support you and represent your views at ward rounds, tribunals and meetings
  • Help you make a complaint or challenge a decision about your treatment
  • Support you to be more involved in the decisions about your care
  • Look at your medical records if you agree and give your permission

We will not make judgements but help you to be informed about treatment, care and rights so you can make better informed decisions and say what you want from our services.

You can find a referral form here