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;
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 also refer you to local advocacy services or you can contact them directly: