Independent Mental Health Advocacy
The Mental Health Act 2009 says that people who are detained under the Act have the right to advocacy support from an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) for the period of their detention.
A person is entitled to an advocate if:
• They are detained under any part of the Mental Health Act
• They have been provisionally discharged from hospital
• They are on a supervised Community Treatment Orders
• They are voluntary patients who are considering serious medical treatment as a result of a mental health condition.
An IMHA is a qualified and experienced advocate who supports people to understand their care and treatment and works to ensure that people’s rights under the Mental Health Act are upheld.