Write to us:
VoiceAbility , Office F8, Enterprise House, Foleshill Enterprise Park, Courtaulds Way, Coventry, CV6 5NX

Call us: 0300 222 5947 (Helpline)

Fax us: 0330 088 3762

Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

We provide IMHA for people who need support with their rights under the mental health act. In Warwickshire we also offer In-patient IMHA and Community IMHA.

What is an IMHA?

S.Yorks IMHA service - girl looking pensiveIf you are being detained under a Mental Health Section, you are legally entitled to help and support from an Independent Mental Health Advocate.*

Advocates can support you with understanding and getting information about your rights under the Act, the parts of the Act that apply to you, and the medical treatments you may be given.

*Exclusions Apply; call the Coventry and Warkwickshire team to find out more.

We will:

  • Listen carefully to what you tell us about your views and feelings
  • Support you to speak up or speak up on your behalf if needed
  • Make sure you are fully involved in decisions being made about you
  • We will close your case when the work is finished.

An IMHA can support you with:

  • Being fully involved in your care planning
  • Your access to Mental Health Review Tribunals, preparing for them and understanding decisions made
  • Your access to other support or services
  • Discussing appropriate aftercare
  • How to raise concerns about your experience/care
  • Exercising your rights.

The IMHA service is

  • Free
  • Independent
  • Confidential

Who can receive the service?

In Coventry and Warwickshire, we provide an Independent Mental Health Advocacy service for patients who are sectioned under the Mental Health Act. 

Additionally in Warwickshire we also offer:

  • Community IMHA: for people receiving treatment in the community for mental health issues or for those requiring support to maintain their independence.
  • In-patient IMHA: for informal or voluntary patients being treated as an in-hospital patient in a psychiatric setting.