Dorset Mental Health Advocacy (DMHA)

Advocacy for people with mental health issues in Dorset

What does it do?

The service offers assistance on a range of matters. There are certain issues we cannot help with however, which may require you seeking more specialist advice.
We can:

  • Offer support to accepted clients at meetings, court appearances, tribunals, ward rounds and Care Programme
  • Approach (CPA) reviews
  • Help make official complaints and prepare documents
  • Help you express your point of view to the right people and get your voice heard
  • Find expert advice, and liaise with official agencies - including benefits agencies

Ensure you are treated in accordance with your rights
But we cannot:

  • Give you money or benefits
  • Give detailed legal, personal or medical advice
  • Offer counseling, befriending or emotional support
  • Help you if your problem is more appropriately dealt with by another agency
  • Respond to a crisis or respond out of hours

Who it is for?

People with mental health issues in Dorset (excluding Bournemouth and Poole)

Where it is available?

Local service (East Dorset, West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland, Christchurch, North Dorset, Purbeck).

How to access or apply for it:

You can either:
Telephone the main Advocacy number 01305 261483 or call an advocate for your area using the numbers supplied on the website

Ask someone else to contact us on your behalf
We will aim to return your call within 5 working days and, if you wish, visit you as soon as possible after our call.
Although anyone can ask a DMHA to visit you, including your nearest relative or a health professional, it is your choice if you wish to meet with one or not.


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