Mental Health legal centre

Free legal service to anyone who has experienced mental illness

Free

We provide a free and confidential legal service to people with a lived experience of mental illness or involvement with the mental health system.

Professional legal services

Professional

Our multidisciplinary team of lawyers, social workers and financial counsellors provide a range of innovative and professional services.

Confidential client information

Confidential

Your information is confidential, we do not share anything without your consent.

Our services

Mental Health Legal Service - Day Service

Day Service

Our Day Service runs Tuesday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Mental Health Legal Service - Night Service

Night Service

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 Legal Service - Mental Health Tribunal Representation

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.

Mental Health Legal Service - Advance Statements

Advance Statements

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.

Mental Health Legal Service - Inside Access

Inside Access

Inside Access provides civil legal and other support services to people in correctional and forensic facilities in Victoria.

Mental Health Legal Service - Bolton Clarke

Bolton Clarke

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.

About us

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

Mental Health Legal Service - Day Service

Volunteer

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.

Mental Health Legal Service - Night Service

Donate

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.

Mental Health Legal Service - Mental Health Tribunal Representation

Support

None of MHLC's services would be possible without the support and resources we receive from our funders and stakeholders.

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