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(Metronews.ca)   Man gives away modest sums of money to complete strangers he meets on the streets. Who better to send for psychiatric assessment?   (metronews.ca) divider line 15
    More: Asinine, P.E.I., psychiatric assessment, Richard Wright, Halifax Regional Police, Halifax  
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4470 clicks; posted to Main » on 24 Mar 2014 at 3:44 PM (31 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-03-24 04:20:09 PM  
3 votes:
I live in halifax. The number of people that would have to cooperate to do this is astronomical. The police, psychiatrists, nurses, and not one of these people thought "What the fark are we doing?"

The family has been posting on anything and everything trying to get in touch, and isn't even allowed contact. The guy is being force fed medication without even being told what it is. 

This story scares the hell out of me.  I almost puked last night when I read the daughters thing going around facebook.
2014-03-24 03:50:27 PM  
3 votes:
Never. Ever. EVER. Do something nice for a stranger.

Doing nice things for strangers gets you put in jail or shot.

/Thanks culture of fear!
//You are safer today then any time in the past 30 years. Not that you'd know.
2014-03-24 05:19:04 PM  
2 votes:

fluffy2097: Nobody chooses to be born in this world. The least we could do is give people the dignity of getting to chose when they leave it.


There is a difference between suicide from depression and suicide to end the pain of cancer or ALS.  Basically, everyone who has the kind of pain you get with most diseases that will kill you (without you killing yourself) is going to go see a doctor.  In mental illness, on the other hand, that's not the case.  It's like committing suicide because you broke your arm and don't believe in doctors.

When you are suicidal because of mental health problems, you are literally not in your right mind, and shouldn't have 'power of attorney' over a decision like that.  I've known several people who had that kind of depression, and all of them who are still here, are really, really, glad someone intervened.

That's why, when someone shows the warning signs you do an assessment.  Now, if I was to take 100 dollars out of my bank account and go down and by shots for everyone at the local bar, maybe that's a poor financial decision, but it's probably nothing to worry about.  Make it a thousand?  You know, I'd at least like someone to ask me if I'm okay.  I know it's cliche, but suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem (except when it's a permanent problem, like untreatable cancer or late stage ALS, and even there, there is a continuum of depression vs. pain that can often be treated reasonably well, at least for a while.)
2014-03-24 05:15:47 PM  
2 votes:
Take a perfectly normal person and drug them, then solitary confinement.

What does that tell you? Nothing. Frankly if they remain calm I'd be worried.
2014-03-24 04:49:32 PM  
2 votes:

fluffy2097: WickerNipple: This exact same thing just happened to a friend of mine a few months ago for the exact same reason.

They only kept her three days.

72 hours is the standard they keep you under observation.

They also keep you in a padded cell as it were though. They aren't actually padded anymore, but there will be nothing in the entire ward or your room that you will be capable of harming yourself with. Not even a staple, or a potted plant you could smash over your head.

Now, if you're calm, you'll get out in 72 hours. If you aren't comfortable in your own head and freak out 48 hours in, you're going to be staying a lot longer.

/Not sure what the laws regarding a family member getting a person out of observation in canada.
//In the USA, you'll be released if its determined you aren't a danger to yourself or others. Family members have the right to determine treatment as well.


I don't think id stay calm locked in a cell for three days without explanation or a phone to call my wife. She would be having panic attacks for farks sake.
2014-03-24 08:53:50 PM  
1 votes:
Honestly, if I had tons of money, I would thoroughly enjoy paying people's supermarket bills, etc., randomly. I'd go to a car repair facility and pay for someone's car to get fixed. I'd go to a hospital and pay someone's bill. This, to me, is real charity. And it's all right there, real time. No check to be cleared for some major organization, and part of that check goes to mailing the promo materials or the executives' salaries or to fund the regional galas.
2014-03-24 05:46:48 PM  
1 votes:

Meisaims: Please tell me there is more to this story. Were there warning signs of mental illness, or was he just literally handing out money to strangers?


Literally handing out money to strangers. And having coherent conversations. Was all over local social media for about a week and the news picked it up over the weekend.
2014-03-24 05:38:19 PM  
1 votes:
Please tell me there is more to this story. Were there warning signs of mental illness, or was he just literally handing out money to strangers?
2014-03-24 05:27:20 PM  
1 votes:

fluffy2097: //In the USA, you'll be released if its determined you aren't a danger to yourself or others. Family members have the right to determine treatment as well.


Hah.

At least in my state, psych holds are used to punish people who Cops find inconvenient or disrespectful precisely because they are guaranteed to hold you for 72 hours with to review, while if they take you to jail you might make bail.

Has the added bonus of disqualifying you from owning firearms and according to some sources voting.
2014-03-24 04:51:50 PM  
1 votes:

lilbjorn: Apparently also in need of psychiatric help


Well duh.

Chances are the Son of God is already locked in a psych ward somewhere in America, for his own good.
2014-03-24 04:39:58 PM  
1 votes:

wildcardjack: Somewhere in the literature, a warning sign of an impending, unimpulisive suicide is the distribution of worldly goods.


And who the fark are we to stop them?

Nobody chooses to be born in this world. The least we could do is give people the dignity of getting to chose when they leave it.
2014-03-24 04:32:15 PM  
1 votes:
Somewhere in the literature, a warning sign of an impending, unimpulisive suicide is the distribution of worldly goods.

That was also Jesse Pinkman's problem. He was really too emotionally immature to be a highly paid drug cook.
2014-03-24 04:18:06 PM  
1 votes:
He held up his riches
To challenge the hungry
Purposeful motion
For one so insane
They tried to fight him
Just couldn't beat him
This manic depressive
Who walks in the rain
2014-03-24 04:01:19 PM  
1 votes:

fluffy2097: Never. Ever. EVER. Do something nice for a stranger.

Doing nice things for strangers gets you put in jail or shot.

/Thanks culture of fear!
//You are safer today then any time in the past 30 years. Not that you'd know.


This.  THIS.   THIS

Can people just put on their big-boy pants and get a grip already?  Violence is down 50%.  Society has completely flipped out.
2014-03-24 02:18:27 PM  
1 votes:
People that are differing from 'normal' societal parameters are bad, scary and wrong, Phone them in immediately. Also, if you did not get any free money, phone them in twice. It is your right as a vigilant citizen.
 
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