Liz ,I have nothing bad to say about Aaron ,I just said that the club was aware weeks ago and yet it got to the point he was in -needing help at the side of a main road .
Surely some alarm bells were ringing weeks ago .I accept the situation if you have problems but once again surely if people close to you and the club know then he shouldn't be "endangering himself" .At least not to the point where the club phone the police
This is the dilemma when someone's condition worsens. At what point can you intervene against the person's wishes?
After 30+ years of the MH Act that forms the basis of today's legal way of dealing with mental health there are a lot of precedents to guide professionals actions but it still rests on the professionals' judgement.
The S136 he was detained under is merely an emergency section that gives 72hrs (it may have changed since I retired but that doesn't matter) to get an assessment done and decide whether an application to detain him in hospital is pursued or not - he may stay on a voluntary basis.
If it interests anyone I'll describe the process both legally and how one comes to a judgement that someone needs to be detained. It would be a long post so I won't waste the time unless it is of interest.