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Mariel Hemingway Recovery and Suicide Prevention Month

One person, one family, one community at a time. Every individual and every family has a unique road to wellness, health and hope. Optum manages outpatient behavioral health benefits for Idaho Medicaid members. It is our commitment to help transform Idaho’s behavioral health outpatient system by focusing on helping people reach recovery in their own health journey.

Optum Idaho talks with Mariel Hemingway about mental health, recovery and hope

Hello Idaho! September is national Suicide Prevention and Recovery Month, and Optum Idaho’s Member Matters newsletter talked with Idaho actress and writer Mariel Hemingway about how she and her family have coped with emotional challenges during the pandemic and the encouragement she has for other Idahoans in their wellness journeys.

"I never meant to become a voice for mental health, addiction nor suicide, but I simply couldn’t deny that my life was surrounded by these issues and the more they were there, the more I had to understand them in order to not fear them becoming a part of my life," she says.

Read the complete conversation with Mariel Hemingway and Optum Idaho's Member Matters newsletter.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, start by simply saying hello and listening. There are resources to help.Call the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 273-8255 or text (208) 398-4357. You don't have to be considering self-harm to call. If you or a loved one need to talk, call now.

Substance addiction is a treatable condition and recovery is for everyone. To learn about recovery centers in Idaho, visit or call 2-1-1 in Idaho for resource information. If you or someone you know has Medicaid and is struggling with substance use, call Optum Idaho's Member Crisis Line at (800) 202-0973.

To learn more ways to reduce isolation and encourage conversations around mental well-being, visit\helloidaho

Hello Idaho!

Hello Idaho! was developed to help reduce isolation and encourage everyone to reach out and connect with those around them. This year-round campaign provides tools for students, businesses and community members to talk about mental health and help reduce both emotional and physical isolation.

Connect.  Reach Out.  Say Hello! 

Click here to receive a free toolkit and learn more.

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Help is always available! Clinicians are available 24/7 including holidays to provide immediate, seamless, in-the-moment support, as well as, crisis intervention and stabilization. Call us at 1 (855) 202-0973.