Covid-19 statement

In order for us to work in accordance with the updated Government advice and guidance, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all our groups and face to face support at this time but will be continuing to offer our services through telephone, text, online and email support.

This is a difficult and challenging time for everyone but please be reassured that you are not alone and that you can get in touch with us by:


Phone: 01273 66 69 50

This is a particularly busy time for us so if we don’t answer immediately, please leave us a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


As Pathfinder Alliance partner Mind in Brighton and Hove provides:

  1. Community Mental Health Advocacy across West Sussex
  2. Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) across West Sussex

Service Name:

1. Community Mental Health Advocacy

Who is this for?

  • Adults with mental health issues living in the communities of West Sussex
  • Adults in a mental health unit but not detained under the mental health act (informal patients)
  • Adults with an undiagnosed mental health condition having difficulties accessing mental health services

What to Expect

The service provides free, independent and confidential support

The Community Advocacy Service can help you to:

  • ask questions
  • be heard and say what you want to say
  • be included in the decision making process
  • understand your options and make choices
  • be treated respectfully and as an equal
  • know your rights

A Community Advocate can:

  • support and/or represent you at meetings, care planning meetings or Doctor’s appointments
  • help you to access mental health services or help refer you to other professionals e.g. solicitors or debt advisors
  • provide information about community care and other support
  • help you to challenge a decision about your treatment or care
  • help you to make a complaint                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Service Name:

2. IMHA (Independent Mental Health Advocacy)

Who is this for?

  • Anyone detained or sectioned under the Mental Health Act
  • Anyone on a Community Treatment Order or conditional discharge
  • Anyone subject to guardianship
  • If you are an informal patient likely to be detained
  • Any patient discussing serious treatment such as neurosurgery or ECT for anyone under 18
  • If you are an informal or voluntary patient you can still see a mental health advocate so contact us about the service we can offer you

What to Expect

This statutory service provides free, independent and confidential support

An IMHA can:

  • Provide you with information on the mental health act, how to affects you, and your rights to help you understand how to use them
  • Help you get information about and understand any treatment you are being offered and given
  • Support you and represent your views at ward rounds, tribunals and meetings
  • Help you make a complaint or challenge a decision about your treatment
  • Support you to be more involved in the decisions about your care

How to refer:

You can refer to IMHA, Community Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Mentoring by calling

01273 66 69 50 or emailing or emailing or calling your local Pathfinder Area