Magellan Healthcare Provides Resources in Support of BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month in July | New

FRISCO, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 24, 2022–

Magellan Healthcare, the behavioral and specialty healthcare segment of Magellan Health, Inc., today announced resources and programs in support of Black, Indigenous and People of Black Mental Health Awareness Month. color (BIPOC) in July.

One in five Americans has been diagnosed with a mental health or addiction problem. 1 While BIPOCs experience relatively similar rates of mental health problems as whites, 1 they face unique stressors that increase mental health vulnerability. Racism and discrimination are consistently associated with poorer mental health. 2 BIPOCs are less likely to receive treatment for mental health or substance abuse issues. 1 In 2020, 5.7% of Asian Americans, 9.4% of Black or African Americans, and 10.7% of Hispanics or Latinos received mental health services, compared to 21% of Whites. 1

Several factors contribute to BIPOC being less likely to receive treatment for mental health or substance abuse issues, including lack of insurance or being underinsured, cultural stigma, lack of diversity and cultural competence among mental health care providers, language barriers and mistrust of the health care system. 3

“While we are making progress in breaking down mental health stigma and other barriers to care, there is still a long way to go to ensure BIPOC gets help when needed,” said Samuel. L. Williams, III, MD, MBA, FAPA, child and adult psychiatrist, medical director of Magellan Healthcare. “Mental health professionals who are culturally competent and culturally humble are available as well as a variety of ways to access support. We encourage BIPOC to report any mental health issues to start feeling better.

To learn more about how to access life-changing support, please join Magellan’s webinar, “Navigating Mental Health Care: Unique Challenges Faced by the BIPOC Community,” on July 20.

Upcoming virtual event

Wednesday, July 20 at 2:00 p.m. ET: Join the webinar, “Navigating Mental Health Care: Unique Challenges Faced by the BIPOC Community,” which will explore different roles in behavioral health care and overcome stigma to help BIPOC feel more informed and comfortable about ask for help. Speakers include Dr. Samuel L. Williams, III, MD, MBA, FAPA, child and adult psychiatrist, medical director of Magellan Healthcare; Karen Zelaya-Kendall, PhD, psychologist, senior care manager at Magellan Healthcare; Edna Richardson, MSW, LCSW, LFD, Magellan Healthcare Chief Care Officer; and Deborah Price, CFPS, family support coordinator for Magellan Healthcare. Go here for more information and free registration.

Additional Mental Health Support Resources

For BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month and throughout the year, Magellan is sharing its clinical and recovery and resilience expertise through free resources in various formats for adults and youth in communities across across the country.

Magellan is making several resources available to everyone, especially those who may be feeling stress or anxiety during these troubling and increasingly polarized times:

About Magellan Health:Magellan Healthcare, Inc., the healthcare business unit of Magellan Health, Inc., provides solutions for complex conditions in the areas of behavioral health and specialty medical treatment. Magellan Healthcare serves commercial health 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 most complex and fastest growing areas of healthcare, including special populations, comprehensive pharmacy benefits and other specialty areas of healthcare. Magellan supports innovative ways to access better health through technology, while staying focused on the essential personal relationships that are needed to lead healthy, vibrant lives. Magellan’s customers include health plans and other managed care organizations, employers, unions, various military and government agencies, and third-party administrators. For more information, visit



12020 SAMHSA National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Adult Mental Health Tables

2“Racism as a Determinant of Health: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”, “Self-Reported Experiences of Discrimination and Health: Scientific Advances, Ongoing Controversies and Emerging Issues”, “Discrimination and Subsequent Mental Health, Substance Use and Well-being in young adults »

3 “Mental Health Disparities: Diverse Populations” American Psychiatric Association

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SOURCE: Magellan Health, Inc.

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PUBLISHED: 06/24/2022 06:30 AM/DISC: 06/24/2022 06:32 AM