Mental Health Legal Centre Inc.

Advance Statements For mental health

An advance statement is a document prepared by a consumer to be read and used in case of a mental health crisis. Typically advanced statements contain special information outlining a person's unique circumstance, personal preferences regarding treatment choices and information about practical life management arrangements.  An advance statement outlines the steps that must be taken to provide optimal support and care for a person with a mental illness during a time of crisis in order to limit or prevent the damage from that crisis.  Advance statements are legally enforceable in Victoria under the new Mental Health Act(VIC) 2014. Further, they can make a significant contribution to the wellbeing of people living with psychiatric disability.

The Mental Health Legal Centre is a strong supporter of the use of Advance Statements in Mental Health, the following links will take you to the relevant sections of our website:

Background Article

Why Write an Advance Statement?

MHLC's Research on Advance Statements for Mental Health - including articles and presentations drawing on the MHLC's research

If you would like The Mental Health Legal Centre to assist you with writing an Advanced Statement or being apart of our Advanced Statement project please contact the Centre on

(03) 9629 4422 or email at 



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