Mental Health Advocacy
Advocacy for All don’t provide any direct mental health advocacy services at the moment. However, we partner with two organisations that do.
The Advocacy People provide an IMHA service and a Community Mental Health service to residents in the London Borough of Bromley. You can find out more about these services and how to refer at www.advocacyforbromley.org
Mind in Croydon provide an IMHA service and a Community Mental Health service to residents in the London Borough of Croydon. You can find out more about these services and how to refer at www.advocacyforcroydon.org
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 or Croydon, please click here. We can then pass your enquiry to the relevant organisation who will contact you.
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.