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Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA)

The IMHA Service

We support people who have had their freedom restricted on grounds of their mental health. People who are detained or sectioned in hospital under the Mental Health Act, or have had their liberty restricted by Community Treatment Orders or other similarly restrictive orders, have a legal right to understand their situation.

We are here to help people:

  • Understand the rights they are entitled to and the laws they are subject to
  • Define and communicate their views and wishes
  • Share their feelings with staff
  • Fully understand their situation, their treatment, and their future
  • Protect their interests
  • Be more involved in decisions which affect their care and treatment

We are also able to act on people’s behalf when requested, and can help people understand what their loved ones can do for them.

Who qualifies for our service?

  • Anyone who has been sectioned for over 72 hours.
  • Informal or voluntary patients who are being considered for section 57 treatments (neuro surgery/hormonal implants).
  • Residents who: are on Community Treatment Orders (CTO’s); have been conditionally discharged from hospital; are on leave of absence; are subject to guardianship.

We offer IMHA in the following areas:

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