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

Magellan Healthcarebehavioral and specialized healthcare segment Magellan Health, Inc.announced resources and programs to support Black, Indigenous and Colored Mental Health Awareness Month (BIPOC) in July.

One in five Americans have been diagnosed with a mental illness or a substance use condition. 1 Although BIPOCs have relatively similar mental health outcomes as white people, 1 they face unique stressors that increase mental health vulnerabilities. Racism and discrimination are consistently found to be associated with poor mental health. 2 BIPOCs are less likely to receive treatment for mental illness or substance use conditions. 1 In 2020, 5.7% of Asian Americans, 9.4% of Blacks or African Americans, and 10.7% of Hispanics or Latinos received mental health services, compared with 21% of whites. one

Several factors contribute to BIPOC being less likely to receive treatment for mental illness or substance use-related conditions, including lack of or insufficient insurance, cultural stigma, lack of diversity and cultural competence among mental health care providers, language barriers, and mistrust. to the healthcare system. 3

“While we are making progress in removing mental health stigma and other barriers to treatment, there is still more to be done to ensure BIPOC gets help when it needs it,” said Samuel L. Williams, III, MD of Medical Sciences, Master of Business Administration, FAPA. child and adult psychiatrist, medical director of Magellan Healthcare. “Mental health professionals, culturally competent and culturally humble, accessible along with various access methods support. We encourage BIPOC to report any mental health issues to start feeling better.”

To learn more about how to get support that will change your life, join Magellan’s webinar “Navigating Mental Health: The Unique Challenges the BIPOC Community Faces” on July 20th.

Upcoming virtual event

Wednesday, July 20 at 2:00 pm ET: Join the webinar “Navigating Mental Health: Unique Challenges Facing the BIPOC Community” which will explore different roles in behavioral health and overcoming stigma to help BIPOC feel more knowledgeable and comfortable seeking help. Speakers include Dr. Samuel L. Williams, III, MD, MBA, FAPA, Child and Adult Psychiatrist, Medical Director of Magellan Healthcare; Karen Celaya-Kendall, MD, psychologist, senior care manager for Magellan Healthcare; Edna Richardson, MSW, LCSW, LFD, Magellan Healthcare Senior Care Manager; and Deborah Price, CFPS, Magellan Healthcare Family Support Coordinator. Visit here for more information and free registration.

Additional Mental Health Support Resources

During BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month and throughout the year, Magellan shares its clinical, recovery and resilience experiences through free Resources in various formats for adults and youth in communities across the country.

Magellan has several resources available to all people, especially those who may be stressed or anxious during these troubling and increasingly polarized times:

About Magellan Healthcare:Magellan Healthcare, Inc., the health care division of Magellan Health, Inc., provides solutions for complex behavioral health conditions and specialty treatments. 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’s health:Magellan Health, Inc. is a leader in managing the fastest growing and most complex areas of healthcare, including special populations, full pharmacy benefits, and other specialty healthcare areas. Magellan supports innovative ways to improve health through technology while remaining focused on the critical personal relationships needed to achieve a healthy and vibrant life. Magellan’s customers include health plans and other managed care organizations, employers, labor unions, various military and government agencies, and third party administrators. For more information visit



one2020 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 experience of discrimination and health: scientific advances, current controversy and emerging issues”, “Discrimination and subsequent mental health, substance use and the well-being of young people”

3“Differences in Mental Health: Different Populations” American Psychiatric Association

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SOURCE: Magellan Health, Inc.

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