Over the last week, Mississippi has experienced severe weather, flash floods and tornadoes, which prompted Governor Phil Bryant to sign a declaration of emergency for the state. The severe weather has caused damage in dozens of counties and left thousands of residents without power.
For those affected, Optum is offering a free emotional support help line. This help line will provide those affected access to specially trained mental health specialists. The company’s public toll-free help line number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for as long as necessary. This service is free of charge and open to anyone. Specially 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. View the Important Communications alert on liveandworkwell.com near the bottom of the member home page for local resources.
You can find the following resource centers by using a keyword search on liveandworkwell.com:
- Coping Center: Type the keyword “coping” into the search bar, select Coping. Here you’ll find articles, guides, self-help tools and videos on coping with stress.
- Disaster Planning & Recovery Center: Type the keyword “disaster” into the search bar, select the Disaster Planning & Recovery Center. Here you’ll find information on preparing for and recovering from natural disasters and links to national organizations too.
Additional National Resources:
- FEMA (Information about Federal Assistance) – www.fema.gov
- American Red Cross – www.redcross.org/
- CDC (Emergency Preparedness) – emergency.cdc.gov/
- Ready.gov (Preparation and Recovery) – www.ready.gov