allows us to effectively deal
with our clients’ legal problems
Where to Start?
Welcome to the Mental Health Law Centre of Western Australia.
- We are a statewide community legal centre providing free legal advice and representation to people who experience a mental health illness.
- We provide free legal advice and representation on matters covered by the Mental Health Act 2014; and
- Subject to resources, we also provide legal help in other areas of law, particularly criminal and guardianship & administration
- We also have a Telephone Advice Line for general enquiries.
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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.”