Providing Free and Confidential Legal Support For Victorians Suffering Mental Health Related Issues


Our qualities and promises


We provide free legal services to anyone who has experienced mental illness in Victoria.


Our team consists of many professionals. Ensuring a high quality of service provided.


Your information is 100% confidential, we do not share anything without your consent.

Our Services

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.

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 to make an Advance Statement. We work with consumers to understand what treatment is wanted and to ensure that this is expressed clearly in their Advance Statement.

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 works 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.

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About us

Who We Are and What We Do

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. Click to learn more.

Your donation will enable the MHLC to continue its critical work in assisting and supporting people with mental illness through independent specialist legal advice and representation, education and systemic advocacy. Click to learn more.

None of MHLC’s services would be possible without the support and resources we receive from our funders and stakeholders. Click to learn more.

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