Legal aid is government funded legal help and advice: from someone talking through your problem with you on the phone, to having a solicitor to represent you at a tribunal. Before 2012, legal aid helped people to manage life’s day-to-day challenges, stay well and avoid crisis by making sure they could access the courts when they needed to.
Since then, Government changes to the legal aid system have drastically reduced the types of legal problem the fund covers, leaving too many people with mental health problems without any support.
If people with mental health problems can’t get legal aid, problems with housing, debt and benefits can quickly spiral out of control, and the impact can be devastating.
What's Mind doing about it?
We're working behind the scenes to persuade the Ministry of Justice to make sure everyone living with a mental health problem has access to justice when they need it. Become a campaigner and help us make this a reality.