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by Jhecev

Here in California talking about suicide is basically a crime. A 5150 is police code for a person who is a danger to themselves or others. It also states that if someone cannot afford food or housing they are allowed to say they are a danger to themselves. This 5150 gives police a right to drag you away to a place where you cannot leave. It is prison even though they tell you it’s not. You don’t get an arrest record or anything like that though. They might also give you a bunch of medical debt. It could probably be tens of thousands of dollars. When you are actually in prison for a real crime and you become suicidal you are usually punished. They might put you in isolation. I feel all of this is very strange and the opposite of helpful. When I think about economics, I think about how less people means cheaper land and more affordable housing. Put that with the government harassing extremely sad people and you can see the picture I’m painting. They just want you to be a slave all your life and if you’d rather die then you’ll be abused if you can’t follow though with it. I just can’t believe what these poor people experienced here. Other states and countries that are opposite politically act the exact same by the way. I wish people were treated better. Nothing will ever change.


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thebends 9/29/2020 - 2:13 pm

Speaking as someone who has been involuntarily locked up for talking about suicide (in a different state) I can corroborate everything you say. What makes America 10x worse than any other country is they charge you for it. $4000 plus $200 gas money for the ambulance (exactly 5 miles).

thebends 9/29/2020 - 2:14 pm

Ps the “gas money” is literally for fuel. The ambulance itself was $1000.

a1957 9/30/2020 - 10:12 pm

$2700 a night here if you express suicidal intent and wind up at Behavioral Services (are whatever they call themselves). I am not currently suicidal but still feel it should be a real right.

LMNO 10/4/2020 - 6:21 pm

I’m mystified by these stories, does anyone else have a suicide/ government encounter.

My first thought when I read the OP was how CA is, um, bad for business? Big govt pushing business and private citizens out inspite if their 7th ranked global GDP

JudgeMeNot 10/8/2020 - 9:00 pm

This is ture. Here is the actual definition.

Section 5150 states that someone who, as a result mental illness, presents a danger to themselves or others, or who is gravely disabled by their mental illness, can be detained for 72 hours for evaluation in a psychiatric facility by peace officers, registered nurses, doctors, or other appropriate health professionals.

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