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Helping people who have been detained under the Mental Health Act

When someone is admitted to hospital they can be detained under the Mental Health Act. This can be very distressing, and sometimes people who are being detained feel powerless and unable to ask questions or get information.

Independent advocacy can help. The support of a trained advocate can help someone understand:

  • Why they have been detained
  • Explain their rights under the Mental Health Act 
  • Ensure their views and wishes are taken into account by professional staff involved in their care and treatment.

Not sure what advocacy is or how an advocate can help? Find out more.

Our advocates are fully-trained to work with patients detained under the Mental Health Act. Their experience and knowledge can help ensure that patients are involved in the decisions that are made about them.

Find out more about Independent Mental Health Advocacy

Find out how our services have helped other people.

Easy words and pictures. Easy Read To view our Mental Health Advocacy Easy Read Presentation click here.


To find out if we provide IMHA in your area, select your local authority area from the drop down list above.

To contact your local seAp office click here.

To download the seAp IMHA referral form please click below. 


 We also provide IMHA services at Broadmoor High Security Hospital.

Download our leaflet.                Download our Referral Form.

Contact our team at Broadmoor High Security Hospital.

This service is provided by seAp in the following local authority areas:

  • Bracknell Forest
  • Cornwall
  • Isles of Scilly
  • Kent
  • Oxfordshire
  • Plymouth
  • Reading
  • Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
  • West Berkshire
  • Wokingham
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