Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

Survive. Connect. Rebuild.

A Program of the ATS

WakeMed Health & Hospitals

Serving the community since 1961, WakeMed Health & Hospitals is the leading provider of health services in Wake County. As Wake County’s only provider of trauma services and a regional trauma referral center, our two trauma centers — a Level I Trauma Center at Raleigh Campus and a Level III Trauma Center at Cary Hospital — are ready to provide advanced and immediate care for the seriously injured 24 hours a day. Level 1 trauma centers are the highest designation level given by the American College of Surgeons. Our emergency physicians, nurses and trauma surgeons are responsible for the management of major trauma. They are supported by a wide variety of specialists and professionals, including: orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, respiratory therapists, nurse and radiology technicians, chaplains, and social workers. Our Raleigh Campus offers five adult intensive care units, a pediatric intensive care unit, and comprehensive acute, inpatient, and outpatient physical rehabilitation, which are specifically designed to serve patients with life-threatening injuries.

As a regional trauma center, WakeMed strives to save the lives of the seriously injured and ultimately return them back to productivity. To do so, WakeMed works closely with Emergency Medical Services, other first responders, and surrounding medical care facilities in the first hours after injury to ensure patients have rapid access to the highest level of medical care. The emergency room evaluation, operative care, critical care, acute care and rehabilitative care have all been integrated to optimize survival and provide the best outcomes possible. In addition, our trauma team is involved with innovative trauma research and trauma prevention efforts in order to meet the needs of our patients and improve the health of the community.


TSN Coordinator

Email Coordinator

WakeMed Health & Hospitals, 3000 New Bern Ave
Raleigh, North Carolina, 27610

Upcoming Programs & Events

NextSteps Online

NextSteps is an interactive program to help you manage your life after a serious injury. It will help you explore the ways your life has changed and how you can move forward. The NextSteps program is based on the principles of self-management. The self-management approach to health recognizes that YOU play the most important role in your recovery. Learn more

May is Trauma Awareness Month!

Every year in May, we focus on raising awareness for trauma survivors and their families, trauma care and our outstanding trauma providers, and injury prevention. Learn more

Brain Injury Association of NC

Every Thursday (VIRTUAL) • 3:00 pm

Brain injury support groups are important sources of support and information for survivors, families, and professionals. These groups provide emotional support, networking opportunities, and invaluable advice for navigating the difficult path of recovery after a brain injury. Learn more

North Carolina SCI Support Groups

First Wednesday of the month

This is an open forum, and the group provides an opportunity to socialize and support one another and share resource information. For patients only. Learn more

Trauma Survivor Support Group

Fourth Friday every month • 1pm-2pm

To support former and current trauma patients and their families, we have partnered with the national Trauma Survivors Network to create a support group. Support group participation is free and open to any current or former trauma patient and/or their family members, regardless of where they received care. Our goal is to create a safe space to foster shared experiences with others who can empathize and understand. Virtual option available: Join from the meeting link Join by meeting number Meeting number (access code): 2300 445 6605 Meeting password: DDd2TbtTf23 Tap to join from a mobile device (attendees only) +1-415-655-0001,,23004456605## US Toll Join by phone +1-415-655-0001 US Toll Global call-in numbers Learn more

Patient and Family Brain Injury Education

1st and 3rd Wednesday Every Month • 4pm-5pm

All patients and families who want to learn more about brain injury are welcome to attend Learn more

Family and Caregiver Support Group-Brain Injury

2nd and 4th Wednesday Every Month • 4pm-5pm

Family members and caregivers who want support and connection with others are welcome to attend. Learn more

Community Resources

American Trauma Society

The American Trauma Society is dedicated to the elimination of needless death and disability from injury. For 50 years, the ATS has served as an advocate for the trauma care system, trauma prevention programs, and survivors of trauma and their families throughout the United States. Our mission is to Save Lives, Improve Care, & Empower Survivors.

Amputee Coalition

The mission of the Amputee Coalition is to reach out to and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy, and to promote limb loss prevention. Resources and information for children, adults, and families.

Brain Injury Association of North Carolina

The Brain Injury Association of North Carolina works to advance awareness, research, treatment, and education to improve the quality of life for adults and children affected by brain injury. The Brain Injury Association of North Carolina is dedicated to increasing access to quality health care and raising awareness and understanding of brain injury. It has a network of state affiliates, local chapters, and support groups.

Family Caregiver Alliance

The Family Caregiver Alliance addresses the needs of family and friends providing long-term care for loved ones at home. It provides support, information, and tools to manage the complex demands of caregiving. These include online support and resources, navigators to help locate support services by state, and the National Center on Caregiving which unites research, policy, and practice to develop cost effective programs for caregivers. Click the link to find out more about how FCA could help you or your family.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Resources

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. The SAMSHA website provides great resources for families coping with mental and substance use disorders and can help locate local mental health providers. Their helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish. 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

National Alliance on Mental Illness of North Carolina

For over 30 years, NAMI North Carolina has worked with dedicated community volunteer leaders to raise awareness and provide essential education, advocacy, and support so people affected by mental illness can build better lives. The NAMI NC Helpline provides support, resources, and information to North Carolinians across our state. The NAMI NC Helpline is available Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. 1-800-451-9682 (NC Only), by email:, or text to 919-999-6527.

Al-Anon Family Groups

Al-Anon offers resources and support to family members and friends of someone who struggles with problem drinking or substance abuse. United States: Telephone: (757) 563-1600 Toll-free Meeting Line: (888) 425-2666 Email:

American Federation for Suicide Prevention

Mission: Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide. Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

ADA National Network

The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to support the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.” ADA specialists help families address complex questions on a wide range of ADA topics such as reasonable accommodations at work, building codes for new construction projects, accessible housing, and transitioning from school to work. ADA specialists also address questions about other disability laws, such as the Fair Housing Act, the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, and the Rehabilitation Act. Phone: 1-800-949-4232

American Chronic Pain Association

Since 1980, the ACPA has offered peer support and education in pain management skills to people with pain, family and friends, and health care professionals. The information and tools on this site can help you to better understand your pain and work more effectively with your health care team toward a higher quality of life.

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. Phone: 1-800-225-0292

Tri-State Advocacy Project

The Tri-State Advocacy Project is composed of advocates who have personally faced the challenges of having a family member with a catastrophic injury. They help families navigate the process of working with health insurance, applying for government benefits, and seeking out other community resources.

National Center for Victims of Crime

The National Center for Victims of Crimes 1. Advocates for stronger rights, protections, and services for crime victims, 2. Provides education, training, and evaluation, and 3. Serves as a trusted source of current information on victims' issues. This website helps survivors and families find local assistance, learn about crime and its effects, and browse resources to help victims of crime to rebuild their lives.

North Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association

The NC Spinal Cord Injury Association's goal is to enable people with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D) to achieve their highest level of independence, health, and personal fulfillment by providing resources, services, and peer support. Membership is free! Resources and community events are available on their website. Phone: 1-919-234-4171

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