ORLANDO, Fla. (Jun. 12, 2016) —
UnitedHealthcare and Optum, the health benefits and services companies of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), are taking immediate action to support people affected by the recent mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando. The company is opening Optum’s Help Line, providing affected residents access to specially trained mental health specialists.
“Unexpected violence and loss can result in shock, grief, fear or anger,” said William C. Bonfield M.D., M.P.H., chief medical officer, OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions. “Talking through these reactions with caring professionals is an important source of support during difficult times.”
Optum’s toll-free help line number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary. The service is free of charge and open to anyone. The help line offers specially trained Optum mental health specialists to help people manage their stress and anxiety so they can continue to address their everyday needs.
Along with the toll-free help line, emotional-support resources and information are available online at www.liveandworkwell.com.