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I Almost Chose to Be Hospitalized for My Mental Health. Here's Why I Changed My Mind

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What do you do when the mental health resources available would hurt you more than they would help you? That’s a question I had to sit with recently, as passive suicidal ideation became active, and for the first time in my life, I became a danger to myself.

While the moment didn’t last long, it was jarring enough that I knew I needed some form of help because at that moment I did not trust myself.

I would have text or called the suicide hotline, but I live in Florida where we have the Baker Act law; where I probably just needed to talk to someone and be talked down to, they would have put me in an involuntary hold for some time.

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