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Helping people who have been detained under the Mental Health Act

Chloe Evans is an Independent Mental Health Advocate with seAp Advocacy.

Watch Chole speak about her own mental health and how advocacy gets you heard when no one is listening

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.

To find out more about more about Independent Mental Health Advocacy, please download our IMHA leaflet; and to find out about your rights to mental health advocacy during ward rounds, please download our Factsheet.

Easy words and pictures. Easy Read

seAp IMHA leaflet

Easy-Read leaflet

Ward Rounds Factsheet

Click here to 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. 

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Communications between you and seAp Advocacy are confidential. We will not divulge any information without your permission unless disclosure is required or permitted by law, e.g. where you tell us something which leads us to believe you or someone else may be at risk of serious harm or abuse or committing a serious criminal offence, where there is a court order for disclosure, or where we would be breaking the law by failing to disclose.

Click here to find out more about our confidentiality policy.

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

  • Bracknell Forest
  • Cornwall
  • Isles of Scilly
  • Kent
  • London Borough of Bromley
  • Milton Keynes
  • North Somerset
  • Plymouth
  • Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
  • West Berkshire
  • Wokingham
  • "It was useful having you there. You being present helped and I did not feel pressured to answer private questions."