for better mental health

Human Rights Act 1998

A general guide to the Human Rights Act, with information about your human rights and what you can do if someone doesn’t respect them.

Mind's services

  • Legal Line – provides legal information and general advice by phone or email. 
  • Local Minds – provide face-to-face services, such as talking therapies, peer support and advocacy, across England and Wales.

Find an advocate

To find advocacy services and groups in your area, you could call Mind's Legal Line or contact your local Mind.

If you're in hospital, you can also contact:

In some circumstances, you may be legally entitled to get the support of an advocate. See our page on your legal rights to advocacy for more information.

Other organisations

Civil Legal Advice (CLA)

gov.uk/civil-legal-advice
Can tell you if you’re eligible for legal aid, and give you free and confidential legal advice if so.

Equality Advisory & Support Service

equalityadvisoryservice.com
Advice on issues relating to equality and human rights.

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

equalityhumanrights.com
Promotes and monitors human rights and equality.

Inquest

020 7263 1111
inquest.org.uk
Provides free and independent advice to bereaved people following a death in state care or detention in England and Wales.

Law Society

lawsociety.org.uk
Professional association for solicitors in England and Wales. Includes a searchable directory of solicitors.

Liberty

0845 123 2307
liberty-human-rights.org.uk/
Provides advice about human rights.

This information was published in April 2017. We will revise it in 2019.

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