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Advocacy in Mental Health

Mind in salfordIndependent Mental Health Advocates support people with mental health problems and their families to exercise their basic human rights, and to assist public services in avoiding breaches of human rights. 

This course looks at what our basic human rights are and how advocates can assist people with mental health problems and their families to take control of the decisions that affect their care. Any person who, without reasonable cause, obstructs the rights of people to see an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA), or obstructs an advocate in their duties is guilty of an offence. 

This course covers everything service users, their families, and professionals need to know about advocacy, demonstrates how staff and volunteers can support people to have a ‘voice’ and lets you know how to access advocacy services in your local area.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand the values and principles underpinning the Human Rights Act, Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act
  • Consider the roles and responsibilities of professionals, carers, families and service users themselves in relation to this legislation
  • Understand the ethos and principles of advocacy, and the varied roles and responsibilities of mental health advocates
  • Have an awareness of circumstances where advocates must be involved and where they may be involved to protect service users’ rights
  • Consider how advocates may help in situations where people face losing or have lost their liberty
  • Be aware of advocacy services and how they may be accessed across all Trust services.

Lead tutors: Lynn Agnew and Robin Jamil, from Mind in Salford

“The content of the course is relevant to my current practice. Really interested to learn more about the legal framework behind our services and the importance of advocacy in mental health.”

Date, Times and Venue

29 January 2020 – 10am to 4pm
J2 Training Room, J Block, 2nd Floor, Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 0JR

6 March 2020 – 10am to 4pm
Room 3, The Curve, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL


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