Affected residents can call 866-342-6892 for help managing stress and
Optum, a leading health services company, is offering a free
emotional-support help line for people in the Midwest and South affected
by the recent tornadoes.
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. Specially trained mental health
specialists from the company's OptumHealth business 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.
In addition, through a $500,000 annual commitment, Optum participates in
the Annual Disaster Giving Program of the American Red Cross, which is
offering shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to people
in the affected communities.
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 the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to
victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood;
teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and
supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a
charitable organization -- not a government agency -- and depends on
volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its
mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org
or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
Optum is an information and technology-enabled health services company
serving the broad health care marketplace, including care providers,
plan sponsors, life sciences companies and consumers. Its business units
- OptumHealth, OptumInsight and OptumRx - employ more than 35,000 people
Brad Lotterman, 714-445-0453