Let’s say you hint to a family member or loved one that you are contemplating suicide. Say you leave the country and that family member gets worried and calls the police. The police knock on your door but you are not home. They reach out to your friends and determine that the suicide threat may be credible. Then they try to call you, but you don’t answer the phone.
Now let’s say you are not actually contemplating suicide, at least any longer. Those feelings have passed and you are now in a better state of mind. You see suicide for what it is, a permanent solution to what is almost always a temporary problem.
Now you board an international flight back to the United States. Is it possible that your name has been flagged or added to some sort of database? Might you be questioned or detained while going through passport control? Can they detain you, as a risk to yourself, under so-called emergency hold rules on the basis of a tip from a friend?
Someone very dear to me has put this question to me and I simply do not know the answer. I’ve searched the internet and even a couple legal databases and have not been able to find anything authoritative. So I figured I’d ask you, dear readers.
This is a bit tangential to travel; I’m doing it for someone who needs help and putting it on my blog in hopes that someone with experience in this issue may chime in below in the comments section or via email. If we get a solid answer, I’ll update this post.
Thanks for weighing in.
And whether you believe it or not, I’m just fine. It’s not me…
image: U.S. Customs and Border Protection