Suicide Prevention

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide prevention is a primary focus of Magellan Healthcare in managing behavioral health for our members and providing education in our communities. For September and throughout the year, 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)


Download the flyer on Magellan’s 2020 Suicide Prevention Awareness Month resources and events

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.

Magellan Events for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

We are proud to partner with the nation’s leading suicide prevention organizations, experts and advocates to offer engaging and informative, free virtual events on suicide prevention throughout September. We hope you will join us.

Upcoming events

Hope Rising for Suicide Prevention virtual summit, Saturday, September 26, 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. ET

This uplifting virtual event is being 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’ll share inspiration, information, wellness techniques and best practices and empower attendees with the motivation, skills and resources needed to positively impact suicide prevention efforts in their communities.

Register here

Previous events


#bhXPERT Twitter chat on youth suicide, Thursday, September 10, 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET

The Magellan Healthcare #bhXPERT Twitter chat series provides a forum for industry thought leaders and anyone interested in behavioral health to discuss current topics and share knowledge to raise awareness, advance progress and reduce stigma. It takes place on the second Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m. Eastern and lasts half an hour.

For our September event held on World Suicide Prevention Day, we discussed this critical issue facing our nation’s youth with special guest, Greg Dicharry, Magellan Healthcare youth empowerment director.

  • Access the transcript by clicking the button below.

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Morning Scoop with Arizona Capital Times webinar on mental health and suicide prevention, Tuesday, August 25

In this webinar, moderated by Luige del Puerto, associate publisher and editor, Arizona Capital Times, Dr. Shareh Ghani, Magellan Healthcare vice president and medical director, 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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Suicide Prevention Information and Resources

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

Magellan Health Insights blog posts

“The role of lived experience in suicide prevention” by Tom Lane, NCPS, CRPS, Magellan Healthcare senior director of community and recovery supports

“Magellan’s commitment to suicide prevention, for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and beyond” by Varun Choudhary, M.D., M.A, DFAPA, Magellan Healthcare SVP, chief medical officer, behavioral health, and Greg Dicharry, Magellan Healthcare youth empowerment director


“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’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 downloadable resources on how to talk about suicidal thoughts and feelings, and how you can support someone who feels suicidal

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 issue on suicide prevention resources for providers, their practices and patients

Magellan Healthcare in the News

CDC: Pandemic taking heavy toll on mental health of 1 in 4 young people,” The Mental Health Weekly August 21 article with Shareh Ghani, M.D., Magellan Healthcare vice president and medical director, on the why behind the increase in suicide ideation in young adults