Mental Health Advocacy

You have a right to independent advocacy under the Mental Health Act.

If you, or someone you know, is assessed as ‘lacking capacity’ to make a particular decision, you may be able to get an advocate who can support and represent you.


What is Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)?

People who are treated under the Mental Health Act have the right to independent mental health advocacy (IMHA).

This applies to hospital patients and those who are on a Supervised Community Treatment Orders or under guardianship.*

*Exclusions apply. Find out who can get an IMHA.


How can an IMHA help?

Lincolnshire churchAn IMHA is independent, they are not a member of the medical or social care team, and plays no part in your treatment and care.

These are some of the ways in which an IMHA might help you:

  • Explaining and exercising your rights
  • Request a review of your section through access to a mental health tribunal
  • Understanding how to raise concerns about your experience and/or care in hospital
  • Helping you to find out information about your treatment
  • Preparing and supporting at meetings
  • Being fully involved in your care planning
  • Helping you to find out whether any conditions or restrictions apply to you
  • At ward rounds or care reviews

How can I contact an IMHA?

If you would like to find out more about accessing our service or to find out if we can help please contact us

IMHA – poster
IMHA – leaflet

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