Independent Mental Health Advocacy Service (IMHA)

Are you receiving mental health treatment in Hospital? Are you under section and want to know about your rights? Do you want more information about treatment options? Do you want support at meetings to get your views heard?
Whilst you are subject to the Mental Health Act you may have questions about your rights, treatment and care. If so an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) could help you. The Independent Mental Health Advocacy service is a specific type of advocacy service provided to qualifying patients under the revised Mental Health Act 2007.

We will not make judgements but help you to be informed about your care and treatment options and your rights whilst in hospital so that you can make better informed decisions and have your voice heard.

Advocates don’t just come to meetings, they help us on our journey whilst we are here
Who is the service for?
  • Anyone detained or sectioned under the Mental Health Act
  • Anyone on a Community Treatment Order or conditional discharge
  • Anyone subject to guardianship
  • If you are an informal patient likely to be detained
  • Any patient discussing serious treatment such as neurosurgery or ECT for anyone under 18
  • If you are an informal or voluntary patient you can still see a mental health advocate so contact us about the service we can offer you
What can we do?
  • Provide you with information on the mental health act, how to affects you, and your rights to help you understand how to use them
  • Help you get information about and understand any treatment you are being offered and given
  • Support you and represent your views at ward rounds, tribunals and meetings
  • Help you make a complaint or challenge a decision about your treatment
  • Support you to be more involved in the decisions about your care

Service Opening Hours

The IMHA service operates Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm within Mill View, including the Brunswick Ward for people with Dementia, and community settings as required. The service is contactable via our central office.

How to contact us

Telephone: 01273 66 69 50