An Advocate’s job is to help you make sure other people hear what you have to say. There are different types of Advocacy and Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind offers Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA).
IMHA is free and is only for people who have limits placed on their freedom either in the community, rehabilitation units or in hospital.
An Advocate will only work with you if you want them to. If you decide you want their help, then an Advocate will be able to support you in a number of ways.
For example, an Advocate is on your side, will listen to what you want and help you talk to the people who are responsible for your care.
An Advocate can also help you understand how the Mental Health Act rules affect you as well as supporting you to appeal if you decide you want to.
TOG Mind’s IMHA’s work with the following people:
If you are detained under most sections of the Mental Health Act (Section 2, 3, 37/41, 47/49)
If you have been conditionally discharged from hospital with restrictions
If you are subject to Guardianship
If you are on a Community Treatment Order
If you are being considered for treatments to which section 57 applies (Treatment requiring consent and a second opinion)
If you are under 18 years old and are being considered for treatments such as ECT or others under section 58
If you are detained in the following places you can have support from TOG Mind IMHA:
You live in the community in Oldham, either in your own home or in supported accommodation
You are an in-patient of the Royal Oldham Hospital (particularly Southside ward, Rowan ward, Cedars ward and the Decant ward currently at Tameside Hospital)
You are a resident of Rhodes Place, rehabilitation unit (females only)
You are a resident of Beckett Place, rehabilitation unit (females only)
Advocacy is available to those over 18 years old.
However, if you are under 18 and you are being considered for ECT or other treatments under S.58 of the Mental Health Act you may be able to get support from TOG Mind IMHA.
TOG Mind IMHA is based in Parklands House at the Royal Oldham Hospital.
You can contact us on: 0161 716 2217.
We have an answerphone facility so you can leave a message.
Our normal office hours are:
9.00am – 5.00pm Mondays to Fridays.
In case you want to drop by for a talk.