Advocacy

Independent Mental Health Advocacy Services are provided across Surrey and NE Hampshire for anyone with a mental health problem, whether you are an inpatient or living in the community.

An advocate is someone who can support you to make informed decisions and have your views heard. This can include making sure you have the information you need, raising concerns on your behalf and representing your views, where necessary.

If you are sectioned under the Mental Health Act, you can use an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) to make sure you are supported in having your views heard. IMHAs are able to;

  • visit and interview you in private
  • visit and interview anyone who is concerned about their medical treatment
  • ask for production of, and inspect any records relating to, your detention or treatment in any hospital or registered establishment
  • ask for the production of any social services authority records which relate to you.

If you are not sure whether you are entitled to an IMHA, your nurse or care co-ordinator should be able to advise you.

Our Patient Advice and Liaison Service can refer you to local advocacy services or you can contact them directly:

If you live in Surrey
Healthwatch Surrey provide advocacy services in Surrey via Surrey Disabled People's Partnership
Tel: 0300 030 7333
Email: advocacy@healthwatchsurrey.co.uk

If you live in NE Hampshire
Mind Solent provide advocacy services in Hampshire
Tel: 023 8020 8956
Email: advocacy@solentmind.org.uk