UnitedHealth Group Takes Action to Support People
Affected by Recent Shootings
AURORA, Colo. (July 21, 2012) - 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
"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
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.www.unitedhealthgroup.com.
Company opens Optum Help Line at 866-342-6892 to help
people manage stress and anxiety