Magellan Healthcare is hosting webinars in support of BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month in July

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PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE) – Magellan Healthcare, the behavioral and specialized health segment of Magellan Health, Inc. (NASDAQ: MGLN), announced activities in July to support the Mental Health Awareness Month for Black, Indigenous and Colored People (BIPOC) in July. Historically known as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, some organizations, including Magellan, have replaced the terminology “minority” with BIPOC because it is inclusive and differentiates the experiences of different groups of people.

In July, Magellan is hosting the following virtual events focused on BIPOC’s mental health for adults and adolescents:

Wednesday July 21, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. ET: Attend the Magellan Healthcare Webinar, “Understanding and Overcoming Unique Mental Health Problems by BIPOC” with Magellan’s Medical Directors, Dr. Visit here for more information and free registration.

Thursday, July 22, 2021 and every fourth Thursday of the month from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET: Take part in the virtual youth festival Stay Home for MY LIFE (Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment). The July event focuses on BIPOC’s mental health. Take part in this fun and inspiring event for teenagers who have experience with mental health, drug use, juvenile justice and care issues. Visit here for more information and free registration.

  • Visit the MY LIFE Facebook page for updates here.

  • Here you can find previous event recordings.

  • Find out more about Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment (MY LIFE) here.

Studies show that among people with mental illness in 2015, 22% of Asians and 31% of African American and Hispanic Americans received treatment, compared with 48% of whites.1 Access to treatment for members of different ethnic groups is hampered by a lack of or inadequate insurance, the stigma of mental illness, a lack of diversity and cultural competence among providers of mental health care, language barriers and distrust of the health system.

“Magellan is sensitive to the unique struggles of BIPOC groups that can impact mental health,” said Matthew Miller, senior vice president, behavioral health, Magellan Healthcare. “We are committed to doing our part to improve access to mental and behavioral health services for BIPOC groups through July and year-round awareness campaigns and network expansion initiatives to increase the availability of providers of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds increase.”

“Stigma remains a very important barrier to finding health care for many ethnic minorities,” said Rakel Beall-Wilkins, MD, MPH, medical director of Magellan Healthcare. “In some cases, individuals may fear conviction, ridicule, abuse or discrimination because of their mental illness, while others simply do not have adequate information about the mental health field because of the relatively lower cultural reliance on these modalities within certain ethnic groups.”

Additional resources to support mental health

Magellan Healthcare has several resources available to everyone, especially those experiencing stress or anxiety in these unfamiliar and increasingly polarized times:

About Magellan Healthcare: Magellan Healthcare, Inc., the Healthcare division of Magellan Health, Inc., provides solutions to complex diseases in the fields of behavioral health and specialty medical treatments. Magellan Healthcare serves commercial health insurers, employers, state and local governments, and the federal government, including the Department of Defense. Please visit MagellanHealthcare.com for more information.

About Magellan Health: Magellan Health, Inc. is a leader in managing the fastest growing and most complex healthcare sectors, including specialty populations, comprehensive pharmacy services, and other healthcare specialties. Magellan supports innovative ways to achieve better health through technology while focusing on the critical personal relationships necessary for healthy, vibrant life. Magellan’s customers include health insurance companies and other managed care organizations, employers, trade unions, various military and government agencies, and external administrators. Please visit MagellanHealth.com for more information.

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1 https://www.psychiatry.org/File%20Library/Psychiatrists/Cultural-Competency/Mental-Health-Disparities/Mental-Health-Facts-for-Diverse-Populations.pdf



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