How Can I Access an IMHA

You can request support from an IMHA at any time after you become a qualifying patient. You can ask: a member of the ward staff your responsible clinician approved mental health professional (AMHP) Other people can also ask an IMHA to visit you, these include: your nearest relative an AMHP your responsible clinician You can … Read more

What Can an IMHA Do That Another Advocate Can’t?

Understand and exercise your rights under the Mental Health Act 1983, including understanding: the parts of the Mental health Act that apply to you (such as the reason why you are detained, and why you are eligible for an IMHA) why decisions have been made the rights that other people have in relation to you … Read more

What Will an IMHA Support Me With?

An IMHA can work alongside you and help you to: Understand and exercise your rights under the Mental Health Act 1983, including understanding: the parts of the Mental health Act that apply to you (such as the reason why you are detained, and why you are eligible for an IMHA. why decisions have been made … Read more

When Do I Have The Right To An IMHA?

You have the right to an IMHA, and are known as a ‘qualifying patient’ if you are: detained under the Mental Health Act 1983, except where you: have been detained in an emergency, under section 4 are detained under section 5 holding powers have been taken to a place of safety under section 135 or … Read more

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