We provide practical help when it’s needed most.

The world can be a tough place when you are unwell and dealing with mental illness, or you’re impacted by trauma of homelessness or family violence, and facing complex personal issues.
It can be even more challenging if you are trying to deal with the stress and complexity of courts and the legal systems.

Each year, hundreds of vulnerable or disadvantaged Western Australians look to us for expert advice and representation in the legal system, and for expert social services support and guidance.
Our clients are not defined by their challenges. They are people who have sought and found help with difficult situations, and their stories may be similar to yours.

Our Clients Matter

We support thousands of people every year – ensuring vulnerable people, and particularly people experiencing mental illness or impacted by the trauma of family violence, receive high-quality advice, advocacy and legal representation.

Joseph’s Story

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that can severely affect a person’s experiences of reality. Joseph had been diagnosed with Schizophrenia when he was 19 years old.

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Cara’s Story

Cara has a diagnosis of autism, emotional unstable personality disorder, PTSD, depression, and anxiety. Cara arrived in WA with her daughter, having escaped a domestic violence relationship in another state.

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Patrick’s story

For Patrick, a seven-month stint in prison looked preferable to life on the street or the wet and mouldy tent he left as he came into contact with the justice system. That was the point when he contacted the Mental Health Law Centre.

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Learn More

Read more about Ruah Legal Services and the Mental Health Law Centre in our annual reports. From 2020-21, we report on our operations as ‘One Ruah’ reflecting our merger with Ruah Community Services in 2019 and the expansion of our integrated legal and non-legal support to families.


RUAH 2022-23 Annual Report

RUAH 2021-22 Annual Report

RUAH 2020-21 Annual Report

MHLC 2019-20 Annual Report

MHLC 2018-19 Annual Report

MHLC 2017-18 Annual Report

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