Toll-free Counseling Support for Those Affected by the Orlando Nightclub Shooting.

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After the deplorable attack upon the Pulse nightclub that left 50, including the gunman, dead and over 50 additional injured, UnitedHealthcare and Optum have opened up Optum’s Help Line to provide support to those affected by these terrible events. It is with a heavy, but proud heart that we pass this information on to you, in full, from UnitedHealthcare. If you were not personally affected but know someone who was, please pass this information along to them. At a time of crisis such as this, having someone to talk to can help victims and their families begin to process and heal.

What follows is the full message from UHC/Optum:

June 13, 2016
Support Available for People Affected by Orlando Shooting
UnitedHealthcare and Optum, the health benefits and services companies of UnitedHealth Group, 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.