Independent Mental Health Advocacy

About us

Our advocates are on your side. They are independent from hospitals and mental health services. Our service is free and confidential.

We support people who are receiving, or at risk of receiving, compulsory mental health treatment to make decisions and have as much say as possible about their assessment, treatment and recovery.

Our service is an integral component in realising the reforms and vision of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022.

Our advocates are based in Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo and Dandenong, but support people across the whole of Victoria.

Our service is independent, free and confidential.

Read more about the Mental Health and Wellbeing Act and our approach to advocacy.

Our funding

We are funded by the Victorian Department of Health, but operate independently of government.

We are a service delivered by Victoria Legal Aid. However, we are not a legal service.

Read more about our relationship with Victoria Legal Aid.

Our consumer advisory group

A consumer advisory group ensures that consumer perspectives are central to our services.

Read more about Speaking from Experience.

Our people

Our team is led and staffed by professionals with backgrounds in consumer advocacy, social work and mental health service provision.

Find out more about our people.

Information for services

Mental Health Service Providers can refer people to Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA). Services can:

For more information about IMHA for services, download our fact sheet or watch out video below.

Watch our video – IMHA About Us

Your rights as a client of our service

Find out more about:

You can also learn about your rights when you are on a compulsory treatment order.

Contact us

Find out how to contact us if you have a general enquiry or feedback.

Keep informed

Find out what is happening at Independent Mental Health Advocacy by:

Reviewed 12 April 2024


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