Advocacy under the Mental Health Act

Independent Mental Health Advocates, ,often called IMHAs, support people with issues relating to their mental health care and treatment. They also help people understand their rights under the Mental Health Act.

IMHAs are trained in the Mental Health Act 1983 and can support people who are:

  • detained under the Mental Health Act (excluding sections 4, 5(2), 5(4), 135 or 136)
  • conditionally discharged restricted patients
  • subject to a Community Treatment Order
  • subject to guardianship
  • being considered for S57 or S58A treatment, or Electro-Convulsive Therapy

If it is decided that you need an IMHA, you will be referred to Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham. You can also contact them yourself:

Telephone: 020 7510 1081

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