It appears I've hit a nerve with my comment.
I'm sorry if I came across as unsympathetic, please be assured that I do treat all mental health patients with respect, dignity and sympathy/empathy.
In my experience, I've known 4 people jump from a bridge, and they just did it - it's terribly sad that they got to that point, but that was the decision they made.
However, I've been to people who refuse ambulance help, just because they think being sectioned by the police is better for them...the more attention, the better (which in itself is a form of mental health problems but, in my experience, not as immediately severe), but more often than not, they have full capacity and know exactly what they are doing.
I was once held up for 4-5 hours by a bloke on a bridge who had nothing more than a political statement to make. He told police he was threatening to jump, just to increase the amount of time he gained on the bridge.
I reiterate - for those poor folk suffering with the black dog, I have every sympathy
Last edited by stan laurel; 17-05-19 at 17:34.