If you are detained under the Mental Health Act you are legally entitled to support from an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA).

How we can help you:

Our trained IMHAs are independent of the mental health service and are able to meet with you in private (unless clinical staff advise against it for safety reasons). They can help you to understand:

  • Your legal rights under the Mental Health Act
  • The particular parts of the Mental Health Act which apply to you
  • Any conditions or restrictions which apply to you
  • Any medical treatment that you are receiving or might be given, and the reasons for that treatment
  • The legal authority for providing that treatment
  • The safeguards and other requirements of the Act which would apply to that treatment.

You are also able to contact our IMHA service to find out more about how we can support you.

Read more about IMHA here


Further information and self help materials:

Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) leaflet (pdf)

Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) referral form

Other useful information

The Department of Health produces a range of leaflets about your rights under the Mental Health Act:

www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/mental-health-services-explained/Pages/easy-read-mental-health-act.aspx