This section explains how to get legal help from a lawyer or elsewhere. It tells you when you could get help paying for it. This information is intended for anyone with mental illness who needs legal advice. Rethink Mental Illness cannot recommend a lawyer to you because we do not know all the companies in the country and the quality of their service. Phone: 0345 345 4 345 (9:00 to 20:00 Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 12:30)Minicom: 0345 609 6677Website: www.gov.uk/civil-legal-advice We do not represent individuals who assert claims or demands in court. That is because we do not have a legal aid agreement or funding agreement that would allow us to do that. We believe that our helplines and interventions are the best use of our resources. You can take legal action without getting help from a lawyer if you can`t get one or if you don`t need a lawyer`s help. Advice Now has published a series of guides on its website on how to go to court or tribunal without the help of a lawyer: www.advicenow.org.uk/goingtocourt Provides legal information and general advice on mental health rights related to mental health, mental performance, community care and human rights, and discrimination and equality related to mental health issues. Here are some of the legal issues we are currently working on.

We`d love to hear from anyone with experience with these issues and can help you get legal advice. Please do not hesitate to contact us if any of the following conditions apply to you: This information is provided for informational purposes only – you should always seek professional legal advice if you are concerned about your rights. In addition to supporting Mind`s policies and campaigns in general, Mind`s legal team: you can hire a lawyer to give you advice and help. Some lawyers may offer a fixed fee for certain types of legal work. You need to tell yourself from the beginning how much the work should cost. This is more common when a lawyer helps you move or write a will. Please note that our text support service is now closed. As the number of calls to our Infoline broke records and the use of our text messaging service dropped significantly, we had to deploy our resources where people need them most. This can lead to feelings of anxiety, but we want to assure you that you will never be without a place to support you.

In addition to our Infoline, email or web chat service, there are many other ways to get help. If you want the police to hire a lawyer, they will contact the Defence Counsel Call Centre (DSCC). They will share your details and a lawyer will advise you over the phone. However, you can see the lawyer in person if you are charged with a more serious crime and: If you qualify for legal aid, civil law counselors may be able to advise you over the phone. They can also refer you to local lawyers working in legal aid. Your contact information can be found in the Useful contacts section at the bottom of this page. It`s hard to know how good a lawyer`s service will be. You can`t know for sure, even if someone recommended them to you and they have a good reputation. Your insurance policy can help you get legal advice on other topics. For example, your car insurance could cover the cost of legal advice if you have a problem at work. We store anonymized details of queries (such as age and subject of the request) to help us develop the Service and raise funds to make it work. Please note: Bay Area Legal Aid assists people with civil law problems.

We do not offer assistance in criminal matters. If you need help with a criminal case, contact the public defender`s office or bar association in your area. You may have to pay your legal bills if you make money or get a property in your case. We always want to give you as much control as possible. We will explain our policy and let you know if we think we need to contact emergency services to facilitate your access to support. Your GP may be the first person you talk to about your mental health issues. If you have a good relationship with your doctor, you may find it helpful to simply know that there is someone you can talk to about the feelings you have. Your GP can refer you to specialist services if they think they will help you.

For more information on how to talk to your GP about your mental health, check out our guide. You can call the Rethink advice and information line Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm for practical advice: The Disability Law Service provides free legal advice on community care, employment, housing and social benefits for people with disabilities and their carers. You can find their contact information in the Useful Content section at the bottom of this page. You can get free legal help from a lawyer if you appeal to the court. Below are details on services and organizations that provide help and support directly to people with mental health issues: You can find out more about what you can get legal help for on the Law Society`s website here: www.lawsociety.org.uk/public/for-public-visitors/using-a-solicitor/help-with-paying-legal-costs#intro Am I eligible for legal aid? You may be entitled to free legal aid under legal aid. Legal aid means that the government pays for your legal advice if you can`t afford it yourself. You are entitled to free legal advice if you are arrested. You can use your own lawyer or the attorney. The Law Society administers a “certification program” that demonstrates a lawyer`s skills in a particular area. It can be things like representing yourself in court if you are imprisoned under the Mental Health Act 1983. You can learn more about accreditation atwww.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/accreditation/ HHCs are usually located in a local hospital or mental health centre. Some teams offer 24-hour service so you can contact them in the event of a crisis.

If you`re already in contact with a CMHT, it can be helpful to keep their number with your phone in case you need it. Otherwise, you should be able to contact your local HHMC through your local social service or social work team. Phone: 0207 791 9800E-mail: advice@dls.org.uk Website: dls.org.uk Most people recover from mental health problems without having to go to the hospital. There are a number of specialized services that offer various treatments, including counseling and other talking treatments. You may also need help with other aspects of your life, such as applying for benefits or dealing with housing problems. Often, these different services are coordinated by a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT). If you are concerned about developing a mental health problem, you should first seek advice and support from your GP. If you are in need and need immediate help and cannot see a GP, you should visit your local emergency room.

We can arrange an interpretation service with Language Line services. You can get free advice on a number of things from Citizen`s Advice. All of their advisors are trained, but not all are lawyers. They aim to give you the knowledge and confidence you need to help you with your problem. They give advice online, by phone and in person. You can find their contact information in the Useful Contacts section at the bottom of this page. Disability Law ServiceProvides advice on social protection, housing, employment, discrimination and benefits to people with disabilities and their carers. Legal aid for social welfare and housing. The Community Care and Housing Advice Line is available to people who are not eligible for legal aid. Our hotlines and helplines page lists many other services that may be right for you.

Mind`s Legal Line is a helpline that provides legal information and general advice on mental health law. You may also find it useful to contact the nearest Citizen Advice Office for advice on benefits, debt issues, legal issues and local services. The Citizen Advisory Office`s website contains a directory of its local offices. We can provide an interpreter via Language Line. This service offers translations into more than 170 languages. Don`t forget to request Language Line service when you call. Click here to submit corrections to this list of services When a lawyer gives you free legal aid, it is called pro bono advice. You can find out if there is a local lawyer who offers free advice to www.lawworks.org.uk and www.barprobono.org.uk and www.lawcentres.org.uk. How do I find a legal aid lawyer? Not all lawyers provide legal aid. You need to know which lawyers or organizations are doing this work in your area. In some regions, citizens` counselling centres or legal centres operate within the framework of legal aid. Phone: 0300 555 0333 (9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday)Address: PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJEmail: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.ukWebsite: www.legalombudsman.org.uk Call 0300 123 3393 and ask for Legal Line or email legal@mind.org.uk.

You may be able to get legal help if your case is an exception, such as if you are homeless because of a debt or housing problem. You can find out more about special case funding and apply here: www.gov.uk/guidance/legal-aid-apply-for-exceptional-case-funding you can check if you qualify for www.gov.uk/legal-aid-eligibility-calculator. The Legal Advice Line responds to more than 1,500 calls each month. LAL incoming call hours may close before the advertised time due to high demand. If you are applying for legal aid, you may have to wait more than fifteen minutes for your call to be answered. Please be patient; Our lawyers work hard to answer every call we receive. When the LAL is open, you can request a callback if you don`t want to wait until a lawyer is available to answer your call. Calls are answered and recalled in the order in which they are received, so you don`t lose your place in the queue when you choose the callback option. We will call you back before the end of the same working day. Recalls come from a blocked number in the interest of customer safety.