UnitedHealth Group Takes Action to Support People Affected by Recent Shootings

July 21, 2012
  • Company opens Optum Help Line at 866-342-6892 to help people manage stress and anxiety

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) and its benefits and services businesses, UnitedHealthcare and Optum, are taking immediate action to help people affected by the recent shootings in Aurora. The company is opening Optum’s Help Line, providing affected residents access to specially trained mental health specialists.

“Unexpected violence can lead to feelings of shock, grief, fear or anger,” said Andy Sekel, Ph.D., CEO of Optum’s behavioral health business. “It's healthy to talk through these reactions with caring professionals.”

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. Callers may also receive referrals to community resources to help them with specific concerns, including financial and legal matters.

“Our sympathies and condolences go out to the families affected by this thoughtless tragedy” said Beth Soberg, chief executive officer, UnitedHealthcare Colorado. “We will continue to monitor this situation and work with local officials to support the community’s needs.”

"Governor Hickenlooper and this administration are deeply saddened by this tragedy but are once again heartened by the generous and rapid response of this community and companies like UnitedHealth Group to provide support and comfort during a time of great sorrow," said Jamie Van Leeuwen, senior advisor to Governor Hickenlooper and director of Community Partnerships.

Along with the toll-free help line, emotional support resources and information are available online in English at www.liveandworkwell.com and Spanish at www.mentesana-cuerposano.com.

About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work better. With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two business platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services. Through its businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 75 million people worldwide. For more information, visit UnitedHealth Group at www.unitedhealthgroup.com

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