Mental Health Advocacy

Advocacy for All provide an IMHA service in the boroughs of Bromley and Sutton. We also work in partnership with Mind who deliver the IMHA service in Croydon.

You can find out more about these IMHA services and how to refer at:

Advocacy for All provide Community Mental Health service to residents in the London Borough of Bromley. We also work in partnership with Mind who deliver the Community Mental Health service in Croydon.

You can find out more about these services and how to refer at:

Community Mental Health – Mind Croydon

Community Mental Health – Advocacy for Bromley

Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA)

When someone is admitted to hospital they can be detained under the Mental Health Act. This can be very distressing, and sometimes people who are being detained feel powerless and unable to ask questions or get information.

Independent mental health advocacy can help. The support of a trained advocate can help someone understand:

  • Why they have been detained
  • explain their rights under the Mental Health Act
  • ensure their views and wishes are considered by professional staff involved in their care and treatment.

 

Advocates are fully-trained to work with patients detained under the Mental Health Act. Their experience and knowledge can help ensure that patients are involved in the decisions that are made about them.

To make a referral for an IMHA in the London Boroughs of Bromley, Croydon or Sutton, please see above.

Community Mental Health Advocacy

Being diagnosed with a mental illness, or experiencing mental health distress, can sometimes mean that your views and wishes are not taken seriously.

This can mean that you are not offered the opportunities and choices you would like.

If you feel you already experience discrimination and exclusion due to your ethnic or cultural background, physical disability, gender, sexuality or age, having a mental health problem can become another barrier to getting your voice heard on issues that matter to you.

Community mental health advocacy could help you to become more involved in the decisions that are made about your life.