Magellan Healthcare is hosting free webinars during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Recovery Month in September

FRISCO, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Magellan Healthcare Inc.the behavioral and specialty health segment of Magellan Health, announced a series of virtual events in support of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and September’s Recovery Month.

“At Magellan, we believe that one suicide is one too many,” said Andrew Sassani, MD, chief medical officer of Magellan Healthcare, California, HAI and MHS. “We are excited to have the opportunity during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Recovery Month to highlight issues surrounding suicide and how people can get help. People can and do recover from mental health issues, substance abuse issues, and anything that might contribute to suicidal thoughts to live happy, vibrant lives.”

Suicide claimed nearly 46,000 lives in the United States in 2020.1 It is the second leading cause of death for children ages 10 to 14 and adults ages 35 to 44, and the third leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24 years.1

In September, Magellan will host the following virtual events focused on suicide prevention and recovery from mental illness and substance use:

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET, Join Magellan Healthcare’s Recovery and Resiliency webinar for What I Would Say to My Younger Self: Conversations on Hope, Recovery, and the ‘S’ Word. The panel, moderated by Dana Foglesong, MSW, NCPS, CRPS, National Senior Director of Recovery and Resiliency Services at Magellan Healthcare, will include guest speakers: Iden Campbell McCollum, mental health advocate, suicide prevention consultant and lead investor of Twelve6 Strategies; Francesca Reicherter, mental health advocate, author and founder and president of Inspiring My Generation; and Tonja Myles, mental health and substance use advocate, veteran, board-certified peer support specialist and board member. Visit here for more information and free registration.

Thursday, September 22, 2022, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET, Join Magellan Healthcare for the webinar, The Role of Mental Health Restoration in Suicide Prevention. We will hear the inspiring recovery story of a person living with mental health issues who has experienced multiple suicide attempts. Our doctors will share their knowledge and professional experience in recognizing suicidal signs and treating mental health challenges and substance use for suicide prevention. Magellan Healthcare speakers are Stacey Volz, CPRP, CPS, Family Support Coordinator; Steven Pratt, MD, senior medical director; Andrew Sassani, MD, Chief Medical Officer, California, HAI and MHS; and Samuel Williams, MD, MBA, FAPA, medical director. Visit here for more information and free registration.

Visit and for Magellan events, downloads, and other resources for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Recovery Month.

About Magellan Healthcare: Magellan Healthcare, Inc., the healthcare business unit of Magellan Health, Inc., provides solutions for complex diseases in the areas of behavioral health and specialty medical care. Magellan Healthcare serves commercial healthcare plans, employers, state and local governments, and the federal government, including the Department of Defense. For more information visit

About Magellan Health: Magellan Health, Inc. is a leader in managing the fastest growing and most complex areas of healthcare, including special populations, full pharmacy services and other specialty healthcare areas. Magellan supports innovative ways to access better health through technology while maintaining a focus on the critical personal relationships necessary for healthy, vibrant living. Magellan’s customers include health plans and other managed care organizations, employers, labor unions, various military and government agencies, and outside administrators. For more information visit


1 National Institute of Mental Health, “Suicide” Information

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