Our advocacy services are independent and confidential, available for healthcare settings including hospitals and residential care facilities; for service users (adult, children and young people) with mental ill health and/or learning disabilities. At Advent Advocacy we have a strong commitment to empowering and enabling society’s vulnerable sections to stand up for themselves, and to be heard.
Advocates are specialists who offer an independent service that empowers and ensures that service users experiencing mental illness have their voice heard, that their choices are valued, and their rights are exercised.
An Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) will represent and put across the service user views, convey their priorities, exercise their rights, and enable them to take decisions in matters most important to them and that can influence their lives in the here-and-now and in their future.
We all have mental health, but there may be times when we can experience mental ‘ill’ health which can impact upon the ability to function within our daily lives. At such times, hospital admission may be required to enable recovery.
IMHAs are specialists experienced in supporting individuals with mental ill health who are sectioned under the Mental Health Act (1983; 2007) with understanding their rights under the Act and how it may be applied for service users who require a period of detention.
An IMHA does not judge, enforce personal opinions or take decisions on an individual’s behalf, but serves as an independent entity working solely in an individual’s best interests.
How Do Advocates Work With You?
The best part of an advocacy service is that you have access to a qualified professional who listens to you and understands what you may be experiencing without being judgemental. An IMHA offers a listening ear, someone to talk to, freely about any fears or concerns, without being judged. Your issues, questions and concerns will be taken seriously and we will advocate, speak up, on your behalf with other professionals, carers and services that currently have a role in decision making about your health and life.
An IMHA can empower you to feel more in control of your life by giving you accurate information about your rights, responsibilities and opportunities. We can help you access information to help you to understand your rights, your care and treatment, and money matters. We can contact existing and new contacts on your behalf and we can ask questions or research information and resources that will help you to make decisions. Your IMHA can even support you at meetings if you would like – to include review meetings (e.g. CPA), ward rounds, or Tribunal meetings.
This invaluable support that we offer will enable you to understand, safeguard, and work towards realising your desired goals. This empowerment can help you to make well-informed decisions and realise your choices.
We Have An Objective View
It can be difficult for near and dear ones, healthcare providers and social service organisations to work objectively for a mentally ill individual because they predominantly have a responsibility, a duty of care, towards an individual.
An independent advocacy service is an invaluable partner as it works independently and objectively for you. An advocate works with the sole aim of protecting your interests.
Advent Advocacy understands the needs of service users experiencing mental ill health. The people that we support are those at risk of being marginalised or stigmatised by society.
Children and young people are a large section of society that is often overlooked.
An advocate specialising in children’s and young person’s advocacy has the understanding, knowledge and skill set to support these individuals, to enable their voice to be heard and to feel empowered to chart their destiny. Our services are available in the form of support services for children’s and young people forums and customised one-to-one services.
Individuals with learning disabilities may have communication, cognitive and/or sensory impairments that may affect their ability to self-advocate, to express their own views, values, aspirations or needs. Our advocates are selected for their experience, knowledge and skill set in supporting individuals with learning disability.
Mental ill health can affect an individual’s capacity to think and behave rationally and it is a time when non-judgemental, informed and independent support is most crucial to the recovery process. An IMHA has a broad understanding and knowledge of mental illness conditions, medications, finances and benefits, and legal rights and will support service users whilst in hospital or residential placement.
Advent Advocacy have provided a nationwide advocacy service since 2007.
Advent Advocacy offers a range of advocacy services including Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA), Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA), Care Act Advocacy, Children’s and Young Person’s Advocacy, Generic Advocacy and Non-Instructed Advocacy services nationwide.
Our independent mental health advocacy services are available throughout the UK.
Call us at 01325 776 554 for more information.