$129,033 grant to improve online legal support services for people with mental illness
Funding to develop information technology and website, and extra telephone advice lines
People with severe mental illness requiring legal advice and representation will benefit from improved online services funded by a $129,033 Lotterywest grant.
Mental Health Minister Andrea Mitchell said enhanced information technology at the Mental Health Law Centre WA Inc would enable more people with 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," Ms Mitchell said.
"This includes a telephone advice line manned by volunteers with legal experience, which has provided 1,300 hours of help since July 2015, allowing the legal team to dedicate time to more complex matters.
"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.
"This includes advising about the application of the new Mental Health Act 2014 and helping people under involuntary treatment orders during review by the Mental Health Tribunal."
The Minister said the Mental Health Law Centre also provided legal education and training in mental health issues and was involved in law reform and policy work to promote the legal and social rights of people with mental illness.
Established in 1997, and partially funded by the State Government, the Mental Health Law Centre is an independent, not-for-profit community-based organisation which provides a free, confidential specialist legal service for West Australians with severe mental illness
Since its establishment in 1932, Lotterywest has returned more than $4 billion to the Western Australian community
WA is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community to support not-for-profit organisations
Last financial year, Lotterywest raised $283 million to support the WA community
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