It's my understanding that when someone call the National Suicide Hotline, as I have, your calling number is ID and the conversation is recorded, to get on tape your admission that you are indeed thinking about suicide. They keep asking and asking, until it becomes obvious, to me at any rate, it's what they're after. With that, they call or refer you to the state mental health authorities AND alert them that you called the Hotline. The state agency then calls the county agency and there's where the problems really begin, or are added to, I should say. The law, I believe, says that the state can require you to see professional help and if you refuse and they can state some justification for it, you can be taken into protective custody, "...for the persons safety and that of the public." There's no bail, no trial and no set time they can keep you locked up, even if you can afford an attorney, which would be advisable. The county mental health agency here expects you to come in and be intereviewed by some kid off the street, then put into some program of their choosing. Here, the only option is a group session that meets once a month, IF there are enough people. And, of course, the person gets to pay for the sessions. I guess when the money runs out, you're cured? Is that how it works? What I'm asking is what in the blue blazes are the legal risks involved in asking for help?