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Different paths to well-being: UnitedHealth Group employees share mental health advice

Key takeaways:

  • UnitedHealth Group employees practice personalized self-care, from creative hobbies to outdoor adventures, emphasizing the unique paths to mental health.
  • Our Employee Assistance Program provides around-the-clock counseling and resources, supporting employees’ mental well-being.


At UnitedHealth Group, we understand that mental health is a personal journey, unique to each individual. It’s not just about addressing challenges; it’s about nurturing an environment where our employees can thrive in every aspect of their lives. Here are their stories, in their own words, highlighting the diversity of paths to mental well-being.

Mental health advice from UnitedHealth Group team members

Amber S., a senior coder shares her varied approach to self-care: 

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"I diversify my self-care activities depending on my motivations, energy levels, and the time I have to spend on them. I prioritize movements such as yoga, lifting, weights, hiking and running. When I feel creative, I like to paint, bake, cook, and make my own wellness products like bath soaks and candles. It's important to challenge myself to try new things in order to improve intuition and critical thinking... also to boost the confidence of my inner child."

Jennifer S. a network programs manager, emphasizes the importance of self-awareness and team encouragement: 

"First and foremost, take care of you! I participate in yoga and meditation; I actually went through yoga teacher training and it was a life-changing experience for me. It helped me take better care of myself and 'train my brain' to pause and learn more about the body/brain connection.
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Sara S-G., a customer service supervisor, advocates for work-life balance and community: 

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"Therapy is an amazing self-care tool. Yoga keeps my mind and body limber. Hanging with my family, my dogs and my chickens... helps keep me grounded. CLOCK OUT. Get away from your desk and take your breaks and log out when your time is up."

Stefanie P., a culture and people team program consultant speaks to the importance of self-reflection and active leisure:

"I pay attention to my thought patterns and I challenge negative or unhelpful thoughts. I take a daily walk to enjoy nature, clear my mind and boost my mood. I also enjoy attending concerts, sports events, roller skating and being on the water." 
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Beth C., an Employee Assistance Program counselor, illuminates the importance of exploration in self-care: 

“Some of the self-care activities I do are things like dirt biking, hiking, rock climbing, group fitness classes, engaging in positive self-talk, or even just spending time with loved ones help to decrease that stress level for me." 

She advises on finding one’s self-care niche: "I would say we’re all different, just trying different things. Be willing to try new things so that you can find just a couple that work for you. There’s no ‘right’ way to destress as long as you’re not harming yourself or anybody else."

Providing support when and where it’s needed: Employee Assistance Program

Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides confidential support for those dealing with personal or professional concerns that may impact their mental or physical well-being. EAP counselors like Beth are a cornerstone of the program, connecting people with the resources they need to feel their best. 

EAP services extend beyond counseling, offering help for legal and financial concerns, and recognizing that challenges can come from many sources. The goal is to provide comprehensive support that covers the multifaceted nature of our employees’ lives.

Available 24/7, the EAP provides access to:

  • Immediate telephonic emotional support (includes support for stress, anxiety, depression, family concerns, relationship problems and more)
  • No-cost provider visits, virtual or in-person
  • Self-care resources
  • Financial and legal counseling
  • Crisis support and suicide prevention


Join our supportive team

This is your invitation to embrace mental well-being. The experiences shared by Amber, Jennifer, Sara, Stefanie and Beth show there are countless ways to support your mental health. UnitedHealth Group is here to help you find what works for you and to support you on your journey. Looking for a workplace that supports your health and well-being? Explore our comprehensive benefits today.

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