Mental Health Law Centre gets Lotterywest funding boost

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PEOPLE with mental illness who require legal advice will benefit from an improved Mental Health Law Centre website after the organisation was awarded a Lotterywest grant.

The $129,033 in funding will be used to improve web and phone services, enabling more people battling mental illness to obtain online support.

“The centre provides services to support people who are often receiving care as involuntary patients in hospital, during a stressful time in their lives,” Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said.

Ms Mitchell said having easy access to legal experts was crucial during turbulent periods.

“This includes a telephone advice line manned by volunteers with legal experience, which has provided 1300 hours of help since July 2015, allowing the legal team to dedicate time to more complex matters,” she said.

“Ready access to expert information and advice to deal with legal problems relating to mental health issues is vital to the welfare of those affected and their families and carers, who too often experience discrimination and disadvantage.”