Monday, January 10, 2011

Passing It On

To assist the community in response to Saturday's shooting at the northwest Safeway, Tucson Medical Center and the YWCA are offering community stress debriefings today, Monday, Jan. 10.

These sessions are being organized by Tucson Medical Center and its partners United Healthcare and OptumHealth, who have extensive national community crisis counseling experience.

Counselors will be available between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., with group sessions at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the following locations:

• El Dorado Healthy Living Connection, 1400 N. Wilmot Road

• YWCA of Tucson, conference center, 525 N. Bonita Ave.
There will also be sessions for staff and the community at Tucson Medical Center.

• TMC Marshall Conference Center, 5301 E Grant Road will have sessions between 9 and 11 a.m.; 2 and 4 p.m.; and 6 - 8 p.m.

A free help line was also established for people in Tucson, Ariz., faced with the emotional consequences of the recent shooting. Staffed by experienced master's-level behavioral health specialists, the free help line offers assistance to callers seeking help in dealing with stress, anxiety and the grieving process. Callers may also receive referrals to a database of community resources to help them with specific concerns, including financial and legal matters.
The toll-free help line number, 866-342-6892, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for as long as necessary. The service is free of charge and open to anyone. Resources and information are also available via the Internet in English at and in Spanish at
The services are free of charge and are open to anyone. In addition, UnitedHealthcare clients are able to have onsite counselors to assist with any type of emotional assistance.

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