Independent Mental Health Advocate

As of 1st April 2009, changes in the law mean that some patients are entitled to help from an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA).
IMHAs are advocates specially for people subject to the Mental Health Act.

This means most patients who are detained or “sectioned” under the Act. Patients can also have help from an IMHA if they are on supervised community treatment or on guardianship, or their treatment is subject to certain special rules.

What does the IMHA do

IMHAs are independent of people involved in the patient’s care. They can help patients get information about the how the Mental Health Act applies to them, what it means and what their rights are. They can also help them get information about their treatment. They can help patients understand what they are told by people involved in their care and treatment and help them to talk to these people.

It is the patient’s choice if they have help from an IMHA. Having help from an IMHA does not stop a patient from having help from another advocate or from a lawyer. The support of the IMHA service is completely free. Patients entitled to help from an IMHA can contact the IMHA service themselves to ask for an advocate or ask someone else to contact the service for them.

Certain other people can also ask an IMHA to come and see patients but it is the patient’s choice if they meet the IMHA or not.

Want to work as an IMHA

If you think IMHA advocacy is for you, find out about the Inclusive Access
two day taught course to train advocates in the IMHA role.


Find the next available dates on our Training Diary and Book Now to secure your place.

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