I’m pretty well split on stuff like this as I have a few intellectual roots in libertarian thought and tend to value liberty above most else, yes even the freedom to be crazy. But I also know that there are instances when it may be necessary to provide treatment against a person’s will. Just so long as this person is deemed a danger to themselves or others I tend not to have too much of a problem with this.
I know my state has some sort of mental health court, which I am very much in favor of as it is generally diverting the mentally ill into treatment and rehabilitation rather than into jails. But it will probably be a good aeon before we have this where I am…again more roots in libertarian thought.
I myself have been very lucky to have stayed out of the state system despite past efforts to put me there…I’m lucky to have mostly recovered with my freedom intact as I know very intelligent people who will never drive again or say manage their finances on their own. I just consider myself lucky that’s all.
But still split on this.