Community Advocacy Drop-Ins

We are starting free, independent, confidential advocacy drop-in sessions at Westways from Friday the 13th May 2pm- 4pm.  These will happen on a fortnightly basis, watch this space for further details.

Our Service is for:

Anyone who is in hospital (under a section of the Mental Health Act) or in the community (accessing GP or Mental health services) has a right to an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA). IMHA Advocates are specially trained to work within the framework of the Mental Health Act, as well as sign post you to other appropriate services.

An Independent Mental Health Advocate can:

  • Inform you of your rights and discuss your options
  • Meet with you in private to discuss your issues in confidence
  • Access your medical and social services records
  • Speak to the people treating you
  • Accompany you to ward rounds and appointments
  • Represent you by speaking or writing on your behalf
  • Explain your right to have a solicitor and contacting one on your behalf if required

An IMHA advocate can also provide general advocacy help on issues not connected to the Mental Health Act i.e. signposting to relevant agencies for housing, legal and other matters.

For more details please click here.

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