Nearly 1 out of every 4 Idaho residents suffers from some form of mental illness. About 6% of residents suffer from a serious mental health issue. Worse yet, Idaho consistently has one of the higher suicide rates among the US states. As is the case with many other states, there is a disconnect between how many suffer and how many receive treatment. Fortunately, there’s help. No shortage of providers (or shortage of funds) should ever prevent you from getting the help you deserve. The following resources are free of charge, confidential, and available to all Idaho residents. Help yourself or someone you love today.
The National Mental Health Hotline
If you need to connect with a mental health specialist, call 1-888-903-3787 right now. A trained professional will take your call and assist you however she or he can. A world of resources is waiting for you. The hotline is available to all US residents and operates on a 24/7 basis.
Do you know where to turn for psych emergency services in Idaho? Get the help you need in your region, statewide or from national crisis lines.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare offers many behavioral health crisis resources. Please click here for a list of phone numbers by region. The numbers on the page are voice only. If you wish to text, the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline can be texted (or called) at 1-208-398-4357.
NAMI Helpline & More
The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides a wealth of resources, including the NAMI Helpline, which can be reached by calling 1-800-950-6264 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Although the helpline is only available Monday through Friday from 10 AM until 8 PM EST, there is a 24/7 text line available. Simply text ‘NAMI’ to 741-741 for assistance.
Idaho Psych Emergency Services
While rates of serious mental health disorders have fallen somewhat in Idaho since 2010, something like 5.6% of adults in the state have been diagnosed with a condition that requires clinical help. Only 47.5% of these people have gotten help in the last year, however, and plenty more still suffer in silence. It’s a brave step to seek help for what feels like insurmountable challenges. These psych emergency services can respond quickly and compassionately to mental health crises.
Nationwide Crisis Phone Numbers
Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (Formerly the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)
Calling 988 in Idaho connects you with the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Crisis counselors at this number can take your call or text 24 hours a day and determine what your needs are to find help for you. Volunteers provide emotional support over the phone and referrals for continuing care in your area. Call: 988 Text: 741-741
Veterans Crisis Line
Volunteers at the Veterans Crisis Line are available 24-7 for phone, text and online chat support. Anybody can access the crisis line regardless of their own service history or participation in the VA. Chat is free and confidential, and responders follow up with local resources to help with future mental health and substance abuse needs. Text: 838-255
Regional Crisis Centers in Idaho
Western Idaho Community Crisis Center
The Western Idaho Community Crisis Center creates a safe environment for adults who need support in overcoming mental health and substance abuse issues. Visitors can seek help at the center for up to 24 hours at no cost and get medical screenings, risk and behavioral health assessment, peer support and case management. (208) 402-1044
Northern Idaho Crisis Center
The Northern Idaho Crisis Center serves adults with mental health needs in 10 northern counties. It can also help with substance abuse issues. The center provides referrals for people who need additional support, such as hospitalization or inpatient services. (208) 625-4884
Find the Help You Need in Idaho
A mental health crisis can happen at any time, and everybody needs help sometimes. If you’re dealing with a mental health issue or a substance abuse disorder, contact the Mental Health Hotline for help and get in touch with a reputable mental health professional today.