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Jun 21, 2023
Magellan Healthcare Hosts Webinar on BIPOC Mental Health Awareness & Relationships
The webinar will feature a panel of Magellan’s mental health experts in support of July’s BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month

FRISCO, Texas – June 21, 2023 – July is Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Awareness Month, which is also known as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Magellan Healthcare Inc., the behavioral health division of Magellan Health, Inc., today announced it will host a webinar on Wednesday, July 26, from 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET focused on BIPOC mental health and relationship impacts from trauma. The discussion will cover the state of BIPOC mental health, understanding traumas and triggers, and setting healthy boundaries to protect important personal, familial, co-worker, and healthcare provider relationships. Presenting will be Magellan psychiatrists and medical directors Rakel Beall-Wilkins, M.D., MPH, and Candice Tate, M.D., MBA. For more information and to register, visit here.

While BIPOC experience relatively similar rates of mental health conditions as white people,1 they are at risk of experiencing unique trauma due to mental and emotional injury from a variety of causes.2 Racism and discrimination are consistently found to be associated with poorer mental health.3 BIPOC are less likely to receive treatment for mental health or substance use conditions.1 In 2021, 8.3% of Asian Americans, 12.9% of Hispanic or Latinx people, and 13.5% of Black people or African Americans received mental health services, compared to 22% of white people.1

“Too often, BIPOC communities deal with mental health obstacles without the necessary education, support, and healthy coping strategies. We must start addressing these challenges by building cultural competency and strengthening community mental health education, trust, and access,” said Dr. Tate. “At Magellan, we are committed to increasing awareness about BIPOC mental health, wellbeing, and the importance of recognizing and addressing concerns.”

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About Magellan Health: Magellan Health, Inc. supports innovative ways of accessing better health through technology while remaining focused on the critical personal relationships that are necessary to achieve a healthy, vibrant life. Magellan's customers include health plans and other managed care organizations, employers, labor unions, various military and governmental agencies, and third-party administrators. For more information, visit MagellanHealth.com.

About Magellan Healthcare: Magellan Healthcare, Inc., the healthcare business unit of Magellan Health, Inc., offers solutions for complex conditions in the areas of behavioral health. Magellan Healthcare and its subsidiaries serve commercial health plans, employers, state and local governments, and the federal government, including the Department of Defense. For more information, visit MagellanHealthcare.com.



12021 SAMHSA National Survey of Drug Use and Health Releases

2Mental Health America Racial Trauma

3“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”


Media Contact: Lilly Ackley, ackleyl@magellanhealth.com, (860) 507-1923