The whole pretense is garbage; locking someone up because they MIGHT hurt themselves or others.
NEWS FLASH: anyone can be a danger to themselves or others.
That's why you incarcerate people for what they actually do, not for what they might do.
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I'm a psychiatric social worker in an emergency room. Psychotic people are not capable of making rational decision and cannot care for themselves. Homicidal people are a serious danger to others, I've recently seen a mother who tried to kill her own children. Suicidal people will definitely successfully kill themselves if they don't get to the hospital. Mental illness is not an optional illness. It's serious and life threatening just like any medical illness. These people REQUIRE emergency help. It's very naive to think that they don't need help.0
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