Independent mental health advocacy now available through IMHA
The long awaited independent advocacy service for people with a mental illness was launched by the Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Martin Foley MP, on 30 September.
Run by Victoria Legal Aid, the service was developed with strong consumer input. MHCC was an important member of the reference group, and will continue to work closely with the service to facilitate effective referrals and working relationships.
The service provides information, advocacy and support to people receiving treatment in inpatient, community and forensic mental health settings. If you are receiving compulsory treatment, independent advocates can talk to you about your options, give you information and support to act on your rights, work with you to help you have your say or refer you to other services if you need.
For more information, contact the Independent Mental Health Advocacy service on 1300 947 820 between 9:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday.
See the Independent Mental Health Advocacy.
MHCC Commissioner Lynne Coulson Barr with Minister Foley and Consumer Academic Cath Roper at the IMHA launch