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
- the rights that other people have in relation to you under the Mental Health Act (such as your nearest relative).
- any conditions or restrictions that you are subject to (such as a community treatment order (CTO) or restrictions around leave of absence from a hospital)
- medical treatment that you are receiving or might be given, including: the reasons for that treatment; the legal basis for providing that treatment; the safeguards and other requirements of the Mental Health Act 1983, which would apply to that treatment
- Support you to take part in care planning and express your views about your care and treatment, including by representing you and speaking on your behalf – for example at review meetings or hospital managers’ hearing
- Raise concerns about your experiences of care and treatment
- Enforce your rights and get what you are entitled to
- Make an application to the Mental Health Tribunal and present your views and support you at a mental health Tribunal hearing
- Access legal advice
- Discuss aftercare and access support and treatment