Mental Health legal centre
We provide a free and confidential legal service to people with a lived experience of mental illness or involvement with the mental health system.
Our multidisciplinary team of lawyers, social workers and financial counsellors provide a range of innovative and professional services.
Your information is confidential, we do not share anything without your consent.
Our Day Service runs Tuesday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
The MHLC employs a solicitor to co-ordinate and support a team of experienced lawyers (supported by law students) to provide legal advice. The Night Service runs Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.
Mental Health Tribunal Representation
Aims to address the alarmingly low level of legal representation for people subject to enforced psychiatric treatment in their hearings before the Mental Health Tribunal.
We can help you to prepare an Advance Statement. We work with consumers to understand what treatment is wanted and to ensure that this is expressed clearly in their Advance Statements.
Inside Access provides civil legal and other support services to people in correctional and forensic facilities in Victoria.
The MHLC and Bolton Clarke’s Homeless Person Project has been very successful in working together to deliver an effective, responsive and high quality Health Justice Project (‘HJP‘). This HJP provides increased access to justice and improved outcomes for a vulnerable cohort of Victorians.
The Mental Health Legal Centre (MHLC), established in 1987, provides a free and confidential legal service to people with a lived experience of mental illness or involvement with the mental health system.
Our multidisciplinary team (law, social work and financial counselling) provide a range of innovative services in the community, in treatment facilities and in prisons. We work in partnership with other agencies to provide integrated services that address the needs of some of the most marginalised members of our community.
how you can help
The Mental Health Legal Centre runs a telephone legal advice line on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 6:00pm and 8:00pm. We rely on volunteer lawyers and students to run this service.
Your donation will enable the MHLC to continue its critical work in assisting and supporting people with mental illness through independent specialist legal advice, representation, education and systemic advocacy.
None of MHLC's services would be possible without the support and resources we receive from our funders and stakeholders.