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Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) is available to:

  • People detained under the Mental Health Act or subject to a Community Treatment Order or Guardianship.
  • Conditionally discharged restricted patients.
  • Informal inpatients being treated or assessed for a mental health condition.

All Health Boards in Wales provide an IMHA service for qualifying patients in their area. At this time, ASC provides the IMHA service for Aneurin Bevan UHB, Cardiff & Vale UHBCwm Taf  Morgannwg UHB and Swansea Bay UHB.

To find out who provides the IMHA service in the other Health Board areas of Wales, go to our Other Contacts page.

The IMHA will seek to understand that the patients voice is heard by supporting the patient to

  • Access information, explore options and engage in development of care plans
  • Understand and exercise their legal rights
  • Make complaints
  • Access relevant records

IMHAs only represent their client and do not act on behalf of any other person, including Health Staff, NHS staff and carers. An IMHA will not make judgements or decisions about the Best Interests of their clients. Advocates do not withhold personal information from their client or share information with professionals without their clients permission.


For all IMHA referrals (including self-referrals) within qualifying areas phone 029 2054 0444. Or download one of the forms below and return it to us by fax or by email.

IMHA Referral Form IMHA Map

Patient Stories

Since 2012, we have provided IMHA to over 5300 clients. Here are a few patient stories, we have anonymised as appropriate.

Not sure if IMHA is the service for you?

Our IMHA Brochure will help.

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