To Lead the World in Freedom, We Must Start With Mental Health
Around the world, civil liberties are declining. People in the United States have long celebrated these freedoms and have woven them into the fabric of American culture. The right to have autonomy over one’s mind and body is arguably the most basic freedom we enjoy, enabling all others. Although arguably proposed with good intention, Short-Term Emergency Commitment (STEC) does more harm than good for autonomy. The current lack of oversight and data collection allows for abuses according to various biases and circumstances, creating a slippery slope of precedent that might allow future encroachments on other rights. To prevent additional degradation of mental health and other liberties, Americans must find a compassionate, statistically proven and more effective alternative to STEC that can serve as a model for the entire world.