We call on the government to commit to improving access to Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHAs) as part of the reform of the Mental Health Act. Being admitted to hospital because of mental ill health can be a distressing time. It may mean that there are things you can and can’t do, you might have new treatment regimes that are unfamiliar and other people may have certain rights to make decisions about you. The Advocacy People are one of 50 signatories calling on the government to give everyone in hospital because of mental ill health the right to an advocate to help them understand their rights and get their voice heard.
The joint letter to the Secretary of State can be viewed here.