Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

We provide the IMHA service for people who need support with their rights under the Mental Health Act. 

This page gives information about who can get support from an IMHA, and how an IMHA can support you.

What is an IMHA?

S.Yorks IMHA service - girl looking pensiveIf you 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 Brent 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

How do I find an IMHA?

Certain staff have a duty to make sure you understand that help is available to you from IMHA services and how you can get that help. You can speak to professionals like nurses and social workers and they can make a referral on your behalf.

If you want to make a referral yourself, you can contact us on the details at the top of the page.

Alternatively, Advocates have a regular presence on each unit/ward and make regular proactive approaches to all patients at Park Royal Centre for Mental Health:

  • Brent across Pine, Pond and Shore adult mental health inpatient wards
  • Coombe Wood Mother & Baby unit
  • Caspian Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • Tasman low secure forensic inpatient
  • Java House rehabilitation unit.
  • Kenton, Kingswood, Rosedale and Fairlight.

The service is optional and if you are a patient on these wards you can choose to use it or not.

Referral form

Complete this IMHA form and return to us: or VoiceAbility, Suite 100G, Crown House, North Circular Road, London, NW10 7PN