03 April 2019
IAJ Independent Advocacy Jersey
Providing in-patient & community mental health advocacy for the people of Jersey
WHO IS IT FOR?
This service provides specialist Independent Mental Health advocacy for
- Anyone under assessment or treatment for a psychiatric illness
- Patients detained in hospital
- Anyone being treated under the Mental Health Law
- Anyone who has their freedom restricted under the Mental Health law
- Elderly patients being assessed or treated by the Mental Health Teams
Do you feel that…
- Your views and wishes are not being heard?
- You need support at meetings?
- You don’t always understand what is being said to you or what your options are?
- It’s difficult to express yourself and get the support you need?
- You need help in accessing and understanding information?
- You are worried about telling others that you have a mental illness?
WE CAN HELP!
What to expect: Our advocate
- Is Independent and confidential
- Listens and supports you in making informed decisions
- Helps you understand your rights
- Helps you get the information you need
- Ensures your views and wishes are heard
- Helps you give appropriate information to others
WHAT IS ADVOCACY?
The role of Advocacy is:
- Giving people a stronger voice
- Taking action to help you secure your rights
- Representing your interests
- Working in partnership with you
- Obtaining the services you need
Consent: We act on your instruction and with your informed consent.
- Support you & help you to plan what you want to say at reviews with your psychiatrist
- Help you find specialised legal advice
- Help you appeal to the Mental Health Review Tribunal
- Ensure your views are heard at meetings with other professionals such as Social Services etc.
- Help you decide which services you need and support you in accessing these
- Help you with writing letters
- Help you with complaints
- Help you discuss your situation with others and support you to resolve any difficulties
- Help you challenge any discrimination you may be experiencing
The service is free, independent and confidential. Our role is to help you, and give you a voice, not to make decisions for you.
HOW TO CONTACT US
Independent Mental Health Advocacy
Telephone: 07797 716 447
How we work with other agencies: IAJ work independently but alongside the team of professionals delivering your care. We visit the ward weekly – we only pass on information that you have given us permission to share. All data is processed, retained and disposed of in line with GDPR.