Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) is a statutory role introduced by the Mental Health Act 1983 (as amended in 2007).
People who are detained under the Mental Health Act have a legal right to an IMHA to support them.
IMHAs at Derbyshire Mind provide specialist support for:
- Derbyshire residents who are detained under the Mental Health Act
- Subject to a CTO or Guardianship
- Conditionally discharged for example S41
Derbyshire residents can also receive support from an IMHA if they are not covered by any of the above but are:
- Being considered for a treatment to which Section 57 applies (“a Section 57 treatment”)
- Under 18 and being considered for electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) or any other treatment to which Section 58A applies (“A Section 58A treatment”).
Please note our IMHA service extends to Derbyshire residents who are informal in-patients in a mental health unit in Derbyshire.
This service is free, confidential, independent and provided by trained specialist mental health advocates.