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Patients and carers

Independent mental health advocates

Patients and carers

Independent mental health advocates

Patients and carers

Independent mental health advocates

Patients and carers

Independent mental health advocates

If you are in hospital under section, or being treated under a community treatment order, you can get free, independent and confidential advice from an independent mental health advocate (IMHA).

IMHAs are specialist advocates who help you understand your rights under the Mental Health Act and make sure your voice is heard in decisions about your care and treatment.

You can also ask for an IMHA to see a patient if you are a nearest relative.

IMHA services for our patients

Most services depend on where your hospital, or the hospital overseeing your team, is based.

Ask a member of staff for details or select from the list below:


The National Youth Advocacy Service provides services for children and young people. 


More information and support

Easy read information and films about the Mental Health Act are available on the NHS website.

For more detailed information visit either the Mind website or Rethink Mental Illness