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IMHA

Stockport

Independent Mental Health Advocacy

Service (IMHA)

0161 989 0031

What is Advocacy?

Advocacy in all its forms seeks to ensure that people are able to speak out, to express their views and exercise their rights.

Advocacy is a process of supporting and enabling people to:

  • express their views and concerns
  • access information and services
  • exercise your rights
  • explore choices and options

The advocates from Stockport Total Advocacy are independent of people involved in your care and can support you to ensure that your views are heard.

Confidentiality

 All matters discussed with an Advocate are kept confidential within the service.

Confidentiality will be broken if the information shared puts you or others at risk.

Advocates will keep computerised records.

Independent Mental Health Advocacy

IMHA’s accept referrals for patients subject to the Mental Health Act. This is both in hospital or subject to a Community Treatment Order.

IMHAs can explain how the Mental Health Act applies to you, explain your rights & help you access  information about your care and treatment. IMHA’s can also support you to ensure your views are heard.

It is your choice if you are supported by an IMHA.

IMHA’s are instructed by you and will only act with your consent on the issues you feel are important.  We also provide non-instructed advocacy   to clients who are unable to instruct.

IMHA’s may also be able to:

  • Help you to understand why you are in hospital & make sense of what is happening.
  • Help you to access information about your treatment / medication.
  • Support you in your relationship with your psychiatrist and the ward staff.
  • Help prepare for ward rounds / tribunals etc. and to support you in them (subject to availability)
  • Signpost you to other agencies for other issues you may need help with

An advocacy service is not:

  • One which offers impartial advice
  • A befriending service
  • A complaints service (though we can support someone in making a complaint)
  • A legal service replacing lawyers

Referral Criteria

The Mental Health Act provides the legal right to Independent Mental Health Advocacy to qualifying patients.

IMHA’s accept referrals for patients subject to the Mental Health Act. This is both in hospital or subject to a Community Treatment Order.

IMHA’s are specialist advocates who are trained to work within the framework of the Mental Health Act.

Contact Information

Support is free of charge.  

Contact us if you want to find out more about how we may be able to support you.

Address:

Stockport Total Advocacy
48 Middle Hillgate
Stockport
SK1 3DL

IMHA Voicemail contact no: 0161 989 0031

Email imha@stockportadvocacy.co.uk

Website www.stockportadvocacy.org.uk