INDEPENDENT MENTAL HEALTH ACT ADVOCATE (IMHA)

IMHA

  • Have you been detained on a section of the Mental Health Act ?
  • Do You Know Your Rights?
  • Are you on a Community Treatment
    Order?

IF SO WE CAN HELP YOU.

AN INDEPENDENT VOICE FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH DIFFICULTIES

OUR ADVOCATES WORK AS INDEPENDENT MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATES FOR THE MIND IN BEXLEY ADVOCACY PROJECT.

We can act as an independent voice for people who have been detained under the Mental Health Act

CONFIDENTIALITY

  • We will not discuss with anyone what we or you have said without your permission.
  • We will only seek information with your permission and any information found will be shared with you in full (exceptions will apply and these canbe explained to you by your Advocate).
  • We will only breach confidentiality if you express an intent to cause harm to yourself or others. In this situation We will notify a member of staff but will continue to support
    you if you wish.

REFERRAL PROCESS

  • You should be told by the NHS Trust detaining you about your rights to an IMHA, both verbally and in writing.
  • You will be asked if you want to see an IMHA.
  • A referral form is available on our website.
  • You will then meet with an IMHA within 7 days.
  • You can also telephone the IMHA Service for an appointment to see an IMHA

Mind in Bexley IMHA Service is available to all Bexley Borough Residents.
Patient Groups Covered include:

  • Older Adults 65+
  • Adult Mental Health 18– 65
  • Younger Adults 16 and 17
  • Children and Adolescents
  • Forensic patients

IMHA Information

Who qualifys for an IMHA?

  • Detained Patients, except those on emergency section
  • Those on Supervised Community Treatment (SCT)
  • Community treatment Orders (CTO).
  • Informal patients discussing the possibility of serious treatment such as Neurosurgery for mental disorder, or ECT for under 18’s

WE CAN HELP BY

  • Listening to your concerns
  • Support you in stating your point of view

If you would like to talk to us about how we may be able to support, please contact us