Community Advocacy

About us:

If you’ve been detained under the Mental Health Act (1983) or you live in Ealing and need support from our Independent Advocates, we can help.

Our advocates work with Cygnet Healthcare and Ealing Local Authority. 
Our advocates are known as IMHAs when working with detained patients, this means Independent Mental Health Advocates.

Our advocates in the community are known as Independent Advocates.

What is advocacy:

We all know how frustrating it can be when people aren’t listening to us. Unfortunately, having a mental health problem can sometimes mean it’s even harder to have your opinions and ideas taken seriously by others. This can be very difficult to deal with, especially when you need to communicate often with health and social care professionals. You might find they don’t always offer you all the opportunities and choices you would like, or involve you fully in decisions about your care.

Advocacy means getting support from another person to help you express your views and wishes, and help you stand up for your rights. Someone who helps you in this way is called your advocate.

What an IMHA can do for you

An IMHA can help you understand:

  • Your rights under the Mental Health Act 1983 and why certain decisions have been made
  • The rights which other people (such as your nearest relative) have in relation to you under the Mental Health Act 1983
  • The parts of the Mental Health Act 1983 which apply to you (such as the basis on which you are detained) and make you eligible for an IMHA
  • Any conditions or restrictions you are subject to (for example, relating to leave of absence from hospital or a CTO)
  • Any medical treatment that you are receiving or might be given, including:
  • The reasons for that treatment or proposed 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.

On a practical level, an IMHA can help you:

  • Exercise your rights under the Mental Health Act 1983
  • Express your views about your care and treatment
  • Make a complaint about your care or treatment
  • Enforce your rights and get what you are entitled to
  • Make an application to the Mental Health Tribunal
  • Present your views and support you at a Mental Health Tribunal hearing
  • Access legal advice
  • By representing you and speaking on your behalf – for example at review meetings or hospital managers’ hearings

Eligibility

  • Over 18
  • Detained or informal and in Cygnet Hospital Harrow or Detained or informal in St Bernard’s Hospital Ealing (Hope, Horizon, Jubilee Ward or The Limes)
  • Or if you would like community advocacy, you must be resident in Ealing

Outside of Ealing?

We’re here to make sure that everyone suffering with a mental health problem gets the help they need to recover. We listen, support recovery, fight stigma and work with partners to take action. We provide services for adults, children and young people, signposting for everyone and training and consultancy for employers. For more information please email dutyadultservices@hfehmind.org.uk

Service access criteria: Must be aged 18+, Detained or informal and in Cygnet Hospital Harrow or Detained or informal in St Bernard’s Hospital Ealing (Hope, Horizon, Jubilee Ward or The Limes) or if you would like community advocacy, you must be resident in Ealing
Categories:
Connecting with others
Getting active
Healthy lifestyle
Day to day helping hand
Helping with money
Information and advice
Transport and getting around
Mental health
Support with housing
Support with employment
Support for carers
Volunteering
Managing a long-term health condition
Basic necessities (food/clothes)
Advocacy
Arts and creativity
Connecting with nature
Youth support
Social prescribing
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Additional needs catered for:
Vision impairment friendly
Hearing impairment friendly
Wheelchair accessible
Learning difficulty friendly
Physical disability friendly
Dementia friendly
Takes place in the client’s home
Non English speaking friendly
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