|[December 14, 2012]
Optum Offers Free Emotional Support Help Line for People Affected by Connecticut Shootings
HARTFORD, Conn. --(Business Wire)--
Optum, a health services company, is offering a free emotional support
help line for people affected by today's tragic shootings at Sandy Hook
Elementary School in Connecticut. The help line will provide affected
individuals with 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 specialty networks
business. "It's healthy to talk through these reactions with caring
The company'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. Specialy trained Optum mental health
specialists 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.
Along with the toll-free help line, emotional support resources and
information are available online at www.liveandworkwell.com.
is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business
dedicated to helping make the health system work better for everyone.
Optum comprises three companies - OptumHealth, OptumInsight and OptumRx
- representing more than 35,000 employees worldwide who collaborate to
deliver integrated, intelligent solutions that work to modernize the
health system and improve overall population health.
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