One state we REALLY need to focus on is Florida. That’s obvious from the numbers in this great report. The key factor here is Florida’s Baker Act. Thanks to this state law it is alarmingly easy to be hospitalized against your will in Florida. Absolutely anyone can call the police and report that you have said something about harming yourself or others, or done something along those lines. Teachers, bosses, neighbors, concerned friends, frenemies — and doctors, of course. You can then be held for 72 hours while the hospital staff decides if this is the case. If not, they release you; if so, they file a petition to extend your hold. The Baker Act has played a big role, I am convinced, in attracting for-profit psych hospitals to Florida. Here’s the first of a series by the Tampa Bay Times on the subject: https://projects.tampabay.com/projects/2019/investigations/north-tampa-behavioral-health/ This story is about adults–but they’ve also covered the explosive growth in “Baker Act holds” against young children, often for having a temper tantrum in school. The schools are not even required to inform the parents, let alone get their consent. Have we got any activists in Florida who could follow up? The injustice done to Floridians is bad enough. But the state is also becoming a laboratory of sorts for the real-life consequences of “treating” people against their will. My guess is, it’s not making anyone safer, and is probably helping drive the suicide rate up, not down.