I do wonder if it would be better to them have somewhere separate
How would you feel if a close family member developed mental illness and was locked away, unable to access the outside world?
For instance, I know someone who has a father that developed mental illness. He was working hard for many years, had a very good job and was in a decent position in life. One of his projects miserably failed - and he had an extended bout in hospital as a result. These days, he still suffers from the consequences of that - but the hospital got him in a position where he's able to lead a somewhat normal life. Your suggestion that they should "live somewhere separate" is highly insulting.
I mean, the amount of times that you see some insane person shouting out or talking to himself in London, is staggering.
How do you know it's mental illness and not something else?
but they should have their areas to live in.
Not a bad idea. Nazi Germany certainly started with the mentally ill, and I believe (Harry will no doubt correct me) that many mentally ill Polish prisoners were executed in Poznan.
What if some of these people are dangerous. I have heard of numerous instances when somebody was attacked by a person who was later found to be mentally unstable.
I think the clue is in "later found to be". The Polish chap that went beserk on Jersey was a great example. Or do you think anyone that doesn't feel great should be locked up for the sake of society?
Yeah supposed to be, but very often they are not.
The thing is that we usually don't know about such people being dangerous until after they committed the crimes.
Anyway my original question was not answered. Is it a normality in Poland for mentally ill people to be around the city. Do you often see them in the streets, in cafe's, in shop etc. I was told, by Polish peeps, that is it not a common occurrence in Poland.
No, in Poland, they are ostracised and kept in institutions well away from the public eye.
Other Eastern Europeans I know were also shocked by how many mental people are around here in the UK.
That's because the UK takes the humane approach and lets people live in society and accepts them for who they are rather than the Russian mentality of locking them up.
WP, how would you feel if a family member was locked up in an institution even though they were capable of living a disturbed, but relatively normal life?