Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

We provide the IMHA service for people who need support with their rights under the mental health act. 

If you are being detained under a Mental Health Section, you are legally entitled to help and support from an Independent Mental Health Advocate.*

We also offer this service if you are:

  • Conditionally discharged or a restricted patient
  • Subject to Guardianship under the Mental Health Act
  • On a Supervised Community Treatment Order
  • Being considered for serious treatment such as Neurosurgery
  • Someone under the age of 18 being considered for electro-convulsive therapy.

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 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

Visit our main IMHA page for information in different formats.

Contact us about IMHA

Call us: 020 8900 2221 

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