Langdon advocacy service

Advocacy Office GF63
Prentice House
Langdon Hospital
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Mon - Fri: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Sat and Sun: Closed

Rethink Advocacy provides Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) at all sites across Langdon Hospital.  

The IMHA service has an office on site at Langdon Hospital, and is free, confidential, and independent of the NHS hospital in which it is based.

Our IMHAs can help people understand and uphold their rights and safeguards under the mental health act. They can help individuals take control of their own treatment and care by: 

  • Accompanying them to key meetings
  • Drafting letters to relevant professionals
  • Voicing concerns
  • Outlining rights
  • Complaining where appropriate
  • Accessing relevant records
  • Challenging decisions
  • Helping you take control

Our advocates are also actively involved in staff training, patient forums, and self-advocacy training.

Langdon IMHA Service Access/ referrals

Our IMHAs visit the Langdon wards regularly throughout the working week (Mon to Fri 9-5). Their presence on the wards aims to encourage self-referrals and they also work closely with The Mental Health Act Office and hospital staff to identify new admissions and offer them an introduction to advocacy at the earliest opportunity. When patients are given their 132 rights both orally and in writing they receive information about our service as part of that process.

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What advocates can and can't do

An advocate can stand by you, and stand up for you, when important decisions are being made about your care, treatment and the way you live your life. They can help you understand your rights and options, and then support you in expressing your views and wishes to the relevant services. They can also speak up on your behalf if that’s what you want. People often work with an advocate when they’re going through some kind of assessment or review of their care or treatment.

What an advocate can help with

Get information and understand what it means

Explore your options and decide what you want

Contacting people, or contacting them for you

Express your feelings to others, or do this for you

Prepare for meetings, and support you at them

Stand up for your rights to get the services you need.

What an advocate can't do

Provide advice or emotional support

Make decisions for you without your input

Solve someone’s problems for them


Provide care or home support

Agree with everything a person says.

Read more about our work

“I have one of the most important jobs in the world: I am a mental health advocate. I am responsible for ensuring that people who are rightly detained, for example, for their own safety, have their rights protected. I fight for people to regain their liberty and advocate for equality. I am a voice for the voiceless.”

Read Shanique's blog

I don’t remember much about the initial period of being detained as I was experiencing dissociation. A lady visited me and explained to me about my rights and helped me voice my feelings about medication, diagnosis and treatment. I later discovered that this lady was an advocate from Rethink Mental Illness.

Read Katie's story
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