Our vision is of a society that promotes and protects good mental health for all and treats people with experience of mental distress fairly, positively and with respect.
The purpose of IMHAs is to help you to participate in decisions about your care and treatment, and to make you aware of your rights and how to exercise them. To be eligible to receive the help of an IMHA, you have to be a 'qualifying patient'.
Qualifying patients are those who are:
You have a legal right to be informed of your entitlement to an IMHA, both verbally and in writing. The person responsible will depend on the situation at the time, for example it's the hospital manager's duty when you are initially detained.
If you want to make a referral to the advocacy service please contact the organisation who provides the service in your area (see below). We have an open referral system so you can be referred by mental health professionals, family or you can self refer.
Our advocacy services are governed by a clear set of principles:
Areas covered and contact details
Bury (Rochdale and District Mind)
Tel: 01706 752344
Available to all inpatients and those subject to the CPA in the community
Rochdale (Together Advocacy)
Tel: 01706 645830
Tel: 0161 2070767
Tel: 0161 207 0767
Tel: 0161 480 8979