allows us to effectively deal
with our clients’ legal problems
Free legal advice for people with mental illness.The Mental Health Law Centre has been operating for more than 20 years. Our lawyers are mental health law experts who provide free legal advice and representation to help people with chronic mental illness. We can help you with:
- Criminal matters
- Involuntary treatment
- Guardianship and administration
- Restraining orders
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Join our team:We currently have the following opportunities available to join our team: Lawyer - Mental Health Law Centre: applications close 5pm (WST) Friday 9 April 2021. To find out more download the job description and application pack.
Michael has been struggling with a severe drug addiction and mental illness. He was charged with criminal offences during a period of time when he was hospitalised for his mental health issues and behaviour associated with addiction….
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“One of the first things you are taught in law school is about the large gap between those who need legal advice, and those who have access to it. Volunteering at the MHLC has allowed me to directly talk to those who need help the most and assist them to access the advice they need. This, to me, is what the law is all about. I love being able to develop my legal skills in such a welcoming environment, whilst making a positive change to the community. It reassures me that I made the right decision to start a law degree.”
“I started volunteering at the MHLC in January 2015, with zero formal legal experience, outside of my education. Over the course of almost a year now, I have experienced a multitude of legal areas that I would not have normally encountered if I had simply focused on my interested area, Criminal Law. My favourite aspect of working at the MHLC has been the direct contact with clients and the independence the TAL gives me in how I approach and develop the appropriate advice for each client. I also find any court or review board hearings as highlights as they aren’t something that as a student I would’ve had an opportunity to experience.”
“Volunteering at the Mental Health Law Centre is not only an enjoyable experience but a wonderful opportunity to learn from experienced legal practitioners. It is heartening to know that MHLC is available to offer such an excellent service for individuals with mental health problems. The service is also of great support to family members and it is satisfying to be part of this good work.”