Know your rights

Know your rights

The Mental Health Act 2014 sets out your rights if you are receiving mental health services.

Even if you are receiving compulsory treatment, the Act says you have the right to be involved in all decisions about your assessment, treatment and recovery. You should also be supported in making or participating in those decisions. Your views and preferences should be respected.

You must be told about your rights under the Act, and the process of being assessed or treated, including your right to:

  • communicate
  • have your preferences considered
  • get support to make treatment decisions.

Compulsory treatment and your rights

Understanding your rights if you are subject to compulsory treatment is a vital part of taking charge of your assessment, treatment and recovery.

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How an advocate can support you

You may want help to understand and act on your rights in the mental health system.

If you are receiving compulsory treatment our independent advocates can:

  • listen to what you want and talk to you about your options
  • give you information and support to act on your rights
  • work with you so you can have your say
  • refer you to other services as requested.

Find out more about how we can support you.

We do not provide legal representation or specific advice about how the law applies in your particular situation. If you require legal help, ask your advocate to put you in touch with Victoria Legal Aid.