Independent mental health advocate

Mental health advocates are independent from our Trust and can help speak up on your behalf.

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What is an independent mental health advocate?
Independent mental health advocates are specialist advocates who are trained to work within the Mental Health Act to meet the needs of people detained under the act. Independent mental health advocates are completely independent of professionals who provide care and treatment for people.

What is their role?

Independent mental health advocates support those who qualify to access and understand information regarding:

  • Their rights under the Mental Health Act
  • The rights of others, for example, their nearest relative
  • The parts of the Mental Health Act that apply to them
  • Conditions and restrictions to which they are subject
  • Medical treatment they receive or might receive
  • The reasons for that treatment
An independent mental health advocate will also support qualifying people:
  • To speak up and have their voices heard in situations such as ward rounds and care programme approach (CPA) meetings - this is with the person present or with permission in their absence
  • To raise concerns about their care and treatment
  • To attend tribunals and hospital manager's hearings
  • To access notes and records in relation to their detention, care and treatment
Who can have support from an independent mental health advocate?
Those who are subject to the following sections of the Mental Health Act qualify for support from an independent mental health advocate:
  • Section 2
  • Section 3
  • Conditionally discharged restricted patients
  • Section 7 Guardianship
  • Supervised Community Treatment
  • Those being considered for Section 57 treatment
  • Those aged under 18 being considered for Section 58a treatment
Find out how to contact an independent mental health advocate.