Suicide Prevention

Suicide prevention is a primary focus of Magellan Healthcare in managing behavioral health for our members and providing education in our communities. Magellan is committed to increasing awareness of suicide prevention and offering free resources about the warning signs and skills needed to save a life. We encourage you to use the resources on this page and share with others.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call 911 or contact a suicide hotline:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255)
  • Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741741)

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the US. Suicide rates have increased more than 30% in half of states since 1999.* As suicide reaches crisis-level proportions in our nation, Magellan recognizes suicide as a public health crisis.

We believe that one suicide is too many.

Suicide Prevention Information and Resources

Use these materials to learn more and spread awareness about suicide prevention among family, friends and colleagues.

Magellan in the News

The latest in care for suicidal teens and young adults, Psychiatric Times video interview with Magellan Healthcare’s Medical Director, Dr. Shareh Ghani

CDC: Pandemic taking heavy toll on mental health of 1 in 4 young people, The Mental Health Weekly article featuring Magellan Healthcare’s Medical Director, Dr. Shareh Ghani

Magellan Health Insights Blog Posts

“The role of lived experience in suicide prevention” by Magellan Healthcare’s Senior Director of Community and Recovery Supports, Tom Lane, NCPS, CRPS

“Magellan’s commitment to suicide prevention, for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and beyond” by Magellan Healthcare’s Chief Medical Officer, Behavioral Health, Dr. Varun Choudhary, MA, DFAPA, and Youth Empowerment Director, Greg Dicharry

Magellan Downloads

“Five steps for suicide prevention” flyer
“Stop suicide, save a life” flyer
“Suicide does not discriminate” poster
poster (11 x 17), flyer (8.5 x 11) and digital sign on steps to take if someone threatens suicide
“Treat suicide like a public health crisis” information sheet on Magellan’s approach to addressing suicide prevention and national suicide prevention resources

Magellan Websites

Magellan’s Health and Wellness Library for comprehensive health and wellness information, including on suicide prevention (search for “suicide”)

Magellan’s Mind your Mental Health website for information on depression and suicide, suicidal thoughts or threats, and the warning signs of suicide

2019 Magellan Suicide Prevention Conference for presentations on topics such as, preventing suicide in healthcare settings, why people die by suicide, and clinical and other implications of the interpersonal theory of suicide

Provider Focus, summer 2020 issue on suicide prevention resources for providers, their practices and patients

Resources from Outside Organizations

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  • Access 24/7, free and confidential support via phone or chat for people in distress, resources for you or your loved ones and  best practices for professionals.

Crisis Text Line

  • When in crisis, text from anywhere in the USA with a trained Crisis Counselor for free, 24/7, confidential support.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

Veterans Crisis Line

  • Connect with caring, qualified responders by call, text or chat for free, confidential support, available every day, 24/7, for veterans, service members, National Guard and reserve, and their family members and friends.

The Trevor Project

  • Learn about crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ young people under the age of 25.

Stamp Out Stigma

  • Find videos, take a pledge to support those who have a mental illness or substance use disorder, and more.


  • Seek out suicide training if you have a family member or friend with a behavioral health condition.

Mental Health First Aid

  • Learn about a course you can take near you to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders, and more.

Resources from Magellan’s 2020 Events for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

We are proud to have partnered with the nation’s leading suicide prevention organizations, experts and advocates to offer engaging and informative, free virtual events on suicide prevention in September 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 LifelineLivingWorks, American Association of SuicidologyZero 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.

Learn more


#bhXPERT Twitter chat on youth suicide

Our September event was held on World Suicide Prevention Day with special guest, Greg Dicharry, Magellan Healthcare youth empowerment director.



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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.

Morning Scoop with Arizona Capital Times webinar with Magellan


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