According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness nearly a quarter of Idahoans are living with a mental illness. Nearly 6 percent of those people are living with a serious mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In addition, Idaho has one of the highest suicide rates in the country.
So, what's the state doing to turn around those statistics?
Boise State Public Radio and the Idaho Statesman teamed up to better understand Idaho's fragmented mental health system. In a 6-part radio series we call "In Crisis," we explore why so many Idahoans aren't getting mental health care until they're in the middle of an emergency.