For Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September and throughout the year, Magellan Healthcare is committed to addressing the public health crisis of suicide through awareness, empowerment and action. We encourage you to use the free resources and information on this page and share with family, friends and colleagues.
You can learn more about the ecosystem of care we have developed to address suicide, including solutions for commercial health plans, employers, state and local governments, and the Federal government, in our Taking action to prevent suicide information sheet.
Magellan also recognizes the following health awareness observances in September:
- National Recovery Month
- Pain Awareness Month
- National Childhood Obesity Month
- National Cholesterol Education Month
- National Sickle Cell Month
- Family Health and Fitness Day
Speak up for yourself.
Speak out for others.
One conversation can change a life.
Suicide prevention and awareness starts with reaching out and speaking up.
2021 Suicide Prevention Awareness Month Events
Magellan of Idaho My Ascension film virtual screening event
Tuesday, September 14, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. MT
A suicide attempt left 16-year-old varsity cheerleader, Emma Benoit, paralyzed, but propelled her on a mission to use her painful experience to help others find hope and stay alive.
My Ascension is a feature length documentary that chronicles Emma’s inspiring journey and quest to walk again, as she works to bring Hope Squad, a school-based suicide prevention program, to Louisiana.
The film also highlights the stories of two remarkable young people who tragically did not survive their attempts, and we learn first-hand from their families, friends, school officials and suicide prevention experts about the devastating effects of suicide and what can be done to prevent it.
This 90-minute film screening will be followed by an important dialogue related to preventing youth suicides in Idaho.
Magellan Health webinar, “Taking action to prevent suicide”
Tuesday, September 21, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Moderator: Caroline Carney, MD, MSc, FAPM, CPHQ, Magellan Health and Magellan Rx Management chief medical officer
Presenter: Rakel Beall-Wilkins, MD, MPH, Magellan Healthcare medical director
Presenter: Jamie Hanna, MD, Magellan Healthcare medical director
Impacts from COVID-19 have contributed to suicidal ideation in the US more than doubling, with younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers and unpaid adult caregivers experiencing disproportionately worse effects.1
Join us as Dr. Carney moderates this webinar with Dr. Beall-Wilkins and Dr. Hanna to address these important issues and answer audience questions.
Stay Home for MY LIFE (Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment) virtual youth fest on suicide prevention
Thursday, September 23, and the fourth Thursday of every month, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. ET
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Magellan Healthcare launched the Stay Home for MY LIFE virtual youth fest series, featuring inspirational speakers, uplifting entertainment, fun activities and more, for youth and young adults who have experience with mental health, substance use, juvenile justice and foster-care-related issues, as well as professionals and caregivers across the country. Access previous event recordings and find updates on the MY LIFE Facebook page.
Magellan Healthcare eMpowered for Learning webinar, “The intersection between trauma and suicidality: Basics for building trauma-informed peer relationships”
Tuesday, September 28, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Join us for this continuing education credits-eligible webinar with Cheryl S. Sharp, MSW, ALWF, CEO of Sharp Change Consulting, Inc., as we explore the intersection of peer support, trauma-informed care, and suicide prevention.
Stamp Out Stigma Twitter chat with Magellan co-host, Dr. Rakel Beall-Wilkins
Thursday, September 9
If you missed Stamp Out Stigma’s Twitter chat, featuring Rakel Beall-Wilkins, MD, MPH, Magellan Healthcare medical director, for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, you can find all of the tweets on Twitter with #SOSChat.
2020 Hope Rising for Suicide Prevention virtual summit
This uplifting virtual event was planned and hosted in partnership with the nation’s leading suicide prevention organizations, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, LivingWorks, American Association of Suicidology, Zero Suicide Institute, and numerous other national and international suicide prevention and mental wellness experts, lived experience advocates and people new to suicide prevention. We shared inspiration, information, wellness techniques and best practices and empowered attendees with the motivation, skills and resources needed to positively impact suicide prevention efforts in their communities.
2020 Magellan Healthcare #bhXPERT Twitter chat on youth suicide
This event was held on World Suicide Prevention Day with special guest, Greg Dicharry, Magellan Healthcare youth empowerment director.
2020 Morning Scoop with Arizona Capital Times webinar on mental health and suicide prevention
In this webinar, moderated by Luige del Puerto, associate publisher and editor, Arizona Capital Times, Dr. Shareh Ghani and other experts discussed mental health during COVID-19 and suicide prevention.
2019 Magellan Healthcare suicide prevention conference in Boise, Idaho
Magellan brought together local and national leaders to exchange ideas, share successes and discuss solutions around the challenges we face together in addressing suicide prevention in our communities. Participants included the First Lady of Idaho, Teresa Soulen Little, national suicide prevention experts, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare leadership, statewide behavioral health providers, law enforcement professionals, university and secondary education leaders, advocacy organizations and Magellan leadership.
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