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)
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
“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 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 issue on suicide prevention resources for providers, their practices and patients
Resources from Outside Organizations
- 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.
- When in crisis, text from anywhere in the USA with a trained Crisis Counselor for free, 24/7, confidential support.
- Learn about suicide, how you can help prevent it, and resources for those affected.
- Download the AFSP Talk Saves Lives brochure and Lifesavers Pocket Guide
- 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.
- Learn about crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ young people under the age of 25.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Hope Rising for Suicide Prevention virtual summit, Saturday, September 26, 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. ET
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.
#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.
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 medical director, and other experts discussed mental health during COVID-19 and suicide prevention.