Report on IMHA Provision Published.
The Right to be Heard, an important new piece of research on Independent Mental Health Advocacy was launched on the 18th of June by the University of Central Lancashire.
The Right to be Heard, an important new piece of research on Independent Mental Health Advocacy was launched on the 18th of June by the University of Central Lancashire. Highlighting the experience of people who have used IMHA services, as well as those who were eligible to use the service but couldn?t or wouldn?t, it will deepen the understanding of the IMHA role and the challenges that lie ahead.
Karen Newbigging, the report?s author, supported by a team of peer researchers, outlined some of the key findings at a parliamentary launch hosted by Charles Walker MP. Although general experience of the IMHA service was positive, there were still concerns about lack of access and lack of understanding from mental health professionals. The issues of how the service can adequately respond to the diversity of the people it serves, remains problematic, as does the means by which mental health service users can influence the design and delivery of the IMHA service. However, the IMHA service was described as having a transformative effect on relationships within the mental health system, making decisions making and consultation more democratic and participative.
The full report can be found at http://www.uclan.ac.uk/schools/school_of_health/the_right_to_be_heard.php
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