I'm from the U.S., and sometimes I read posts that leave me confused by the mental health systems in different countries. (I only just found out what A&E stands for--d'oh!) One of the questions I had was about the involvement of the police, especially in the U.K. From some posts here, I get the idea that some kind of arrest and temporary jail confinement is common for suicidal people. Is this true? Also, I find myself surprised at how many suicidal people outside the U.S. seem to have very short hospital stays, like less than 48 hours. Maybe I'm wrong about this, but it seems like I've seen a few posts where that was the case. In the U.S., if you make a "serious" suicide attempt (as opposed to a humorous one? What does that even mean?), 99% sure you're going to be in the hospital for 72 hours at least. If you don't sign in voluntarily, they can commit you. I had other questions, but those were the ones I was most curious about.