Brian requested advocacy support regarding his upcoming Mental Health Act Tribunal. He was detained under section 3 of the Mental Health Act and informed the advocate that his tribunal was due to take place in just over a month’s time. Brian was very clear that he wanted advocacy support in the lead up to his tribunal and also at the tribunal itself.

Brian said that he felt as though no one were listening to him regarding important aspects of his care, which included his disagreement with his diagnosis, his refusal to take anti-psychotic medication and an advanced directive he had written regarding this, the care he needed when he returned home, and the risk he posed to himself and others: all those things that would be taken into consideration at a tribunal.

The advocate discovered that in fact Brian discovered was much better at both speaking clearly and remembering to speak clearly in the afternoons and therefore tried to engage at a different time of day in the hope that this would help.

With the help of the advocate Brian wrote down all of the things that were important to him. His most important thing he wanted out of the process was to speak up and have his voice heard at the tribunal.

Brian and the advocate attended the tribunal. Brian seemed confident and referred to the documentation he had submitted to the tribunal panel. Despite not being discharged from the section by the tribunal, Brian was content and relaxed at the end of the tribunal and said that he understood why he had not been discharged.