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 choose whether or not to work with an IMHA once they have visited. Working with an IMHA does not affect your right to seek legal advice, or any entitlement you may have to legal aid. It does not prevent you from working with another advocate, but other advocates do not have the same rights and duties as an IMHA.

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