This research report looking into the quality of Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) services in England was funded by the Department of Health. It examines IMHA services used by people who have been detained under the Mental Health Act. This review concludes that an appreciation of the role of advocacy helps to ensure people get the support they need from mental health services.
The people who need IMHA services the most probably access them the least. Specific groups of people who may be under-served by IMHA services are:
- People from BME communities.
- People with learning disabilities.
- Older people, particularly those with dementia.
- People who are hearing impaired or deaf etc.
Newbigging, K. Ridley, J. [and] McKeown, M. [et al] (2012). The right to be heard: review of the quality of Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) services in England. Research report. Preston: University of Central Lancashire; School of Health, June 2012.