MENTAL HEALTH LEGAL CENTRE

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

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Why MHLC

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Free

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Professional

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Confidential

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OUR SERVICES

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Mental Health Legal Service - Day Service

Day Service

The MHLC employs a solicitor to co-ordinate and support a diverse range of experienced barristers, solicitors and volunteers to provide direct legal advice and referrals for ongoing casework where appropriate

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Mental Health Legal Service - Night Service

Night Service

The MHLC employs a solicitor to co-ordinate and support a diverse range of experienced barristers, solicitors and volunteers to provide direct legal advice and referrals for ongoing casework where appropriate

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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.

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Mental Health Legal Service - Advance Statements

Advance Statements

A lawyer from the Mental Health Legal Centre can help to make an Advance Statement. We work with consumers to understand what treatment is want and to ensure that this is expressed clearly in their Advance Statements.

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Mental Health Legal Service - Inside Access

Inside Access

Inside Access is a legal service of the Mental Health Legal Centre which provides free civil legal services and other support services to people with cognitive impairment and mental health issues in correctional and forensic facilities in Victoria.

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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.

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About us

The Mental Health Legal Centre (MHLC), established in 1987, provides a free and confidential legal service to anyone who has experienced mental illness in Victoria where their legal problem relates to their mental illness.

All centre activities aim to promote the rights of people who experience mental illness.

The Centre is a non-profit organisation run by an independent Board of Governance.

The MHLC is part of a network of Community Legal Centres located throughout Victoria and Australia. Community Legal Centres provide a three-tiered approach to the law, through casework, community legal education and law reform/policy.

How you can help

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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 solicitors to run this 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 and representation, education and systemic advocacy.
Support
Non of MHLC’s services would be possible without the support and resources we receive from our funders and stakeholders.
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