The other thread about homelessness got me thinking about this subject. Obviously, there are a lot of homeless mentally ill people, but not all homeless people have mental problems. Like my thoughts on the homeless population, I have conflicted feelings about people suffering from serious mental illnesses. Should we make involuntary commitment to mental facilities more common again? I have serious issues with limiting the freedoms of people, but those with serious mental problems can pose a risk to themselves and society at large... Should they be more easily committed? There have been quite a few local news stories in recent years where seriously mentally ill people have killed or attacked other people, or ended up in stand offs with the police. In some cases the cops were basically forced to kill them. I've heard that one of the reasons this happens more often, is that the social/medical resources aimed at helping mentally ill people are inefficient at best, and it is no longer the norm for many of them to be institutionalized due to supposed abuses in the past. I DO know that I encounter a lot of seriously mentally ill people walking the streets. Opinions?