Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) service


If you are in hospital because of your mental health, it might be useful to speak with an Advocate.

We can help you if:

  • You are getting mental health treatment in hospital or you are being detained or ‘on a section’.
  • You want more information about the kind of treatment you can get.
  • You want someone with you at meetings (like ‘ward rounds’ or ‘case conferences’) to make sure your point of view is heard, and that you are listened to.
  • If you have been told you are not allowed to leave hospital, an advocate could help you.

The Independent Mental Health Advocate is someone who is trained in mental
health law, who is there to help people to know and stand up for their rights.

We are free, confidential and on your side.

We can support you to:

  • Know and exercise your rights, and get your voice heard;
  • Speak up for yourself in meetings;
  • Get more information about treatments;
  • Make appeals or complaints;
  • Understand the legal provisions that you are subject to under the Mental health Act 1983(as amended 2007) the rights and safeguards to which you are entitled.

Contact us on 01924 460211 or