INDEPENDENT MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATES (IMHA)

Under the 2007 Mental Health Act, there is a legal duty to provide Independent Mental Health advocates (IMHA) for qualifying patients.

IMHA’s are trained to work with those subject to the Mental Health Act.

Who qualifies for an IMHA?

  • If you are being treated under the mental health act (MHA)
  • Conditionally discharged restricted patients
  • Subject to guardianship
  • Supervised community treatment patients
  • Under the age of 18 and being considered for a section 58A treatment such as electro-convulsive therapy

What can an IMHA do?

An IMHA will help patients to obtain and understand information about:

  • What the law says
  • Any conditions or restrictions that apply
  • Your rights and how to exercise those rights
  • Medical Treatments
  • Rights of nearest relative
  • Help, Support and representation