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Independent Mental Health Advocacy - The Right to Be Heard

ebook / ISBN-13: 9780857009302

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Independent mental health advocacy is a crucial means of ensuring rights and entitlements for people sectioned under the Mental Health Act. This book takes an appreciative but critical view of independent mental health advocacy, locating the recent introduction of Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHAs) within a broader historical, social and policy context, and anticipates future developments.

The text includes the voices of service users throughout, both as authors and research participants. Drawing on their research, the authors provide a historical overview of mental health advocacy, independent mental health advocacy in relation to the law, the role and responsibilities of IMHAs, essential values, knowledge and skills required of advocates, relationships with service providers, commissioning, measuring advocacy outcomes, and how IMHA services can be made accessible and appropriate to diverse groups.

This will be essential reading for advocates, social work professionals, academic staff and trainers and will provide mental health professionals with an understanding of, and critical reflection on, the IMHA role. It will also be of particular general interest to survivors and mental health service users, and their families and carers.

Reviews

It is a thorough and detailed guide to everything that an IMHA requires in order to discharge their functions in the most empowering and equitable way... Should be an essential set text for IMHA training courses... The book has been cowritten by a total of nine authors, whose backgrounds range from the largely academic to people who have had firsthand experience of being service users. The book is all the stronger for this... The chapter giving an historical overview of the evolution of independent mental health advocacy traced it back as far as the 16th century. I also found the chapter looking at research into the experience of detention from the service user perspective enlightening, and gave me much to think about in my approach to my work as an AMHP. This section would be equally helpful for social work and AMHP students... I do think this book provides an essential text for people training and practicing as IMHA's. I would also recommend the book to mental health nursing and social work students, and will certainly be recommending to my own AMHP trainees that they read this book.
The Masked AMHP blog
The book is highly informative and, for one with limited knowledge of the subject area, provides a fascinating introduction to the filed. The book makes a clear case for a wholescale rethinking of mental health services in the UK, and provides a detailed exposition of the endemic problems in the current system.
Josephine Teale, City Law School, London, Journal of Mental Health