Independent Mental Health Advocacy

Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHAs) support people to understand their rights under the Mental Health Act.

Fully independent from hospitals and mental health services, IMHAs can support you to participate in decisions about care and treatment.


IMHAs won’t tell you what to do; they will help you decide what you want to do.


An Independent Mental Health Advocate can help you to:

  • Understand your rights and choices under the Mental Health Act
  • Be involved in decisions that affect you
  • Request a review of your section through access to a mental health tribunal
  • Be fully involved in your care planning and reviews

Independent Mental Health Advocacy in Teesside

To access Mental Health Advocacy in Teesside, you can contact us by


Independent Mental Health Advocacy in Cumbria

To access Mental Health Advocacy in Cumbria, please contact Your Voice, Carlisle and Eden Mind:



Find out more, or make an online referral by following the links below. 

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Find out more

Download our easy to follow Good to Know guide to find out about:

– eligibility

– how to access Independent Mental Health Advocacy

– the role of an Independent Mental Health Advocate

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about Care Act Advocacy?

Take a look at our FAQs.

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Make a referral

Use our online referral form for yourself, a family member or friend, or someone you are working with.