Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

Survive. Connect. Rebuild.

A Program of the ATS

Denver Health Level I Adult and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center

Denver Health’s Level 1 Trauma Center is one of the world’s leading trauma centers and has one of the highest survival rates in the country. Our skilled and specialized trauma surgeons are internationally recognized leaders in the field and quite literally wrote the book on the care of the injured patient. Patient survival, academic excellence and leadership, and comprehensive care from injury through recovery make Denver Health the leading trauma center in Colorado and the region. Known as one of the best trauma centers in the US, we manage trauma cases in Colorado and six neighboring states and care for patients with any type of traumatic injury. 

 

Denver Health has a long history of providing the most advanced trauma care available. Since its opening in 1860 (our first trauma patient arrived by horse after a gunshot wound from a duel), the trauma center has remained a pioneer in trauma care. As the first trauma center in Colorado, Denver Health was just re-verified and designated as a Level 1 Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and the State of Colorado, continuing a long legacy of providing care for the most severely injured.
We are the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the city of Denver treating some 18,000 patients annually, admitting more than 2,700 trauma patients annually and receiving transfers from more than 60 regional hospitals.


Upcoming Programs & Events

Trauma Survivors Day

5/19/2021

On Wednesday, May 19th the TSN community will celebrate National Trauma Survivors Day (NTSD). This celebration seeks to draw inspiration from and provide support to survivors of traumatic injuries and their caregivers, opening the road to their recovery from trauma. During this event, we encourage all those who support these patients to write them a note of inspiration to aid in the recovery process and to share this note via social media thereby creating one strong voice for recovery from injury. Learn more

NextSteps

Registration is now open for new patients

NextSteps is a free online program to help you manage your life after a serious injury. You can engage in the weekly education modules and live chats with other trauma survivors. NextSteps can help you explore the ways your life has changed after traumatic injury and how you can move forward on your journey. This program can help you manage difficult emotions and find the courage to achieve your goals. Join us! Two Steps to Register: 1. Sign up today at: www.nextstepsonline.org 2. After you register online, check your e-mail and confirm your registration. * Once you confirm your registration, Dr. Nathan Parmer, who leads NextSteps Online, will e-mail you with information and instructions to begin the NextSteps Class material and chats. Learn more

Virtual Support Groups!

The national TSN is hosting virtual support groups for survivors around the US. Registration links will be posted on a monthly basis. Learn more


Community Resources

Patient Family Handbook

This handbook has been developed for you by Denver Health Ernest E. Moore Shock Trauma Center in collaboration with the Trauma Survivor Network (TSN) of the American Trauma Society. We hope this information will help you and your loved ones during the hospital stay. Please reach out if you have any questions. DenverhealthTSN@dhha.org

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Al-Anon Family Groups

www.al-anon.org

Al-Anon offers resources and support to family members and friends of someone who struggles with problem drinking or substance abuse.

Alcoholics Anonymous

http://aa.org

Alcoholics Anonymous provides support and resources for people who struggle with a drinking problem or substance abuse. Confidential group meetings are available throughout the United States and Canada. Use the online locator to find the group and times that meet nearest you.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

http://www.afsp.org

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

http://www.adata.org

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.

American Chronic Pain Association

http://www.theacpa.org

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.

Adaptive Recreation In The City

https://www.denvergov.org/Government/Departments/Human-Rights-Community-Partnerships/Commissions/Commission-for-People-with-Disabilities/Adaptive-Recreation-In-The-City

If you are a person with a disability or are helping a person with a disability, these resources can help you find adaptive recreation programs in the Denver metro area. This list includes programs for all ages, adults, teens & young adults, and children.

AMPOWER

http://www.empoweringamputees.org/

The mission of AMPOWER is to empower and strengthen those affected by amputation or limb difference through peer mentorship, educational resources, and community events.

Amputee Coalition

http://amputee-coalition.org

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.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

https://www.adaa.org/

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive, and trauma-related disorders through education, practice, and research. It helps people understand the disorders and educates them about scientifically supported treatments so they can make informed decisions. It also supports professionals who provide treatment and conduct research. Click the link to learn how ADAA could help you or your family.

Atlantis Community, Inc.

https://atlantiscommunity.org/

Atlantis works to to provide quality services and support to the disabled community. They provide multiple services related to advocacy, information and referral, peer support, and independent living. Transition

Brain Injury Association of America

https://www.biausa.org

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) works to advance awareness, research, treatment, and education to improve the quality of life for adults and children affected by brain injury. BIAA 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.

Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado

https://biacolorado.org/

The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado is the go-to resource for help and services for survivors of an injury to the brain, their families, and providers.Through guidance, resources, support, and education, we seek to engage with Coloradans in the lifelong growth of those affected by an injury to the brain. Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado 1325 S. Colorado Blvd, Bldg B, Ste 300 Denver, CO 80222 Phone: 303.355.9969 Toll Free: 1.800.955.2443 Fax: 303.355.9968

Craig Hospital Brain Injury Rehabilitation

http://craighospital.org

Craig Hospital provides a comprehensive system of care for patients with brain injury, from the initial days after injury, through inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient treatment, home -and-community-based services, and long-term follow-up

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Opioid Overdose Prevention

http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prevention/index.html

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention funds national research, specializes in health education, resources, and raising awareness. Some medications, such as prescription opioids, can help relieve pain in the short term but also come with serious risks and potential complications—and should be prescribed and used carefully. The CDC highlights that the best ways to prevent opioid overdose deaths are to improve opioid prescribing, reduce exposure to opioids, prevent misuse, and treat opioid use disorder.

The Center for Trauma and Resilience

http://traumahealth.org/

The Center for Trauma & Resilience provides culturally and linguistically responsive programs, health promotion and crime prevention education. We provide services to those affected by crime and the resulting trauma, at no cost

Colorado ADAPT

https://coloradoadapt.wordpress.com/

Colorado ADAPT is an activist group for disability rights, run by and for people with all types of disabilities. We support National ADAPT, Community Choice Act of 2007, and all federal, state and local policies that enhance a better accessible community.

Colorado Crisis Services

https://coloradocrisisservices.org/

1-844-493-8255 This organization provides support and counseling for a broad range of topics. Call, text, and walk-in options available. There are multiple sites throughout the Denver area and other areas of Colorado.

Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition

https://www.ccdconline.org/

Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) is the premier organization in Colorado advocating for disability rights. Our mission is to advocate for social justice for people with all types of disabilities (what we call a cross-disability). We work with individuals, service providers, businesses, and government agencies to ensure that people with what we call cross-disability have equal rights and equal access.

Common Traumatic Injuries and Treatments

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Denver Office of Disability Rights Resource Guide

This is an extensive resource guide for organizations available to trauma patients with new disabilities. This guide addresses legal resources, employment resources, housing, mental health services and much more!

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Denver Victim Assistance Unit

https://www.denvergov.org/Government/Departments/Police-Department/Programs-Services/Victim-Services

The Victim Assistance Unit (VAU) provides crisis intervention services, support, information and advocacy to victims, witnesses and family members in the event of criminal victimization or in certain instances of non-criminal stark misfortune. A proactive, comprehensive victim-centered approach is implemented to meet each victim's needs through on-scene crisis interventions and follow-up services.

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Detox

http://detox.com

Information and support to find the best drug or alcohol detox program for you or a loved one.

Division of Disability Rights

https://www.denvergov.org/Government/Departments/Human-Rights-Community-Partnerships/Divisions-Offices/Division-of-Disability-Rights

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law that provides people with disabilities equal access to employment, state and local government programs, goods and services. The Denver Division of Disability Rights coordinates the City and County of Denver’s efforts to ensure compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Family Caregiver Alliance

https://www.caregiver.org/hospital-discharge-planning-guide-families-and-caregivers

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.

Glossary of Common Medical Terms

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Grief Support Network

https://griefsupportnet.org/

The Grief Support Network (GSN) seeks to transform how communities perceive, experience and move through loss. Our vision is a culture that does not run from grief but embraces it as an opportunity for growth and connection. Our mission is to transform the way individuals and our culture experience loss.

Hanger Clinic AMPOWER Program

https://hangerclinic.com/patients/emotional-support/

The mission of AMPOWER is to empower and strengthen those affected by amputation or limb difference through peer mentorship, education, and community. It consists of a nationwide network of trained peer mentors who have successfully recovered and rehabilitated following amputation and want to share their personal experiences with you.

Heart Light Center

https://heartlightcenter.org/

This is a non-profit gathering place open to all in our community, HeartLight Center seeks to provide education about, and support through, the grief process. HeartLight Center provides affordable education programs for professional and volunteer caregivers in our community who are working with those who are grieving.

Home Builders Foundation

https://hbfdenver.org/

The mission of the Home Builders Foundation is to build independence, provide opportunities and elevate lives for individuals and families with disabilities in our community.

Judi's House

https://judishouse.org/

Our mission, vision, and core values lay the foundation for Judi’s House/JAG Institute to provide the highest quality care to grieving children and families while being thoughtful in our approach to expanding our reach through training, education, and research.

Mental Health Center of Denver

https://mhcd.org/

Through multiple community sites, mental health providers in several Denver public schools, collaborations with community partnerships and home-based outreach, we provide treatment, prevention, outreach and crisis services to children, families and adults.

Mental Health America

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net

Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Resources and information for youth, parents, and adults.

National Center for PTSD

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/

The National Center for PTSD offers national resources for trauma survivors and families, which includes information about PTSD, resources such as the PTSD Coach Online, and videos from other survivors and professionals.

National Center for Victims of Crime

https://victimsofcrime.org/

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. (Also see VictimConnect Resource Center)

National Human Trafficking Hotline

https://humantraffickinghotline.org/

Human Trafficking is a crime in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in sex acts or labor services against his/her will. If you, or someone you know, are a victim of Human Trafficking, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888, or visit this website.

National Sports Center for the Disabled

https://nscd.org/

NSCD has led the way in redefining adaptive outdoor experiences and helped participants reignite a passion for playing and competing in the great outdoors by re-inventing adaptive equipment, technology and coaching methods.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call is routed to the nearest crisis center in the national network of more than 150 crisis centers. For assistance, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), TTY: 1-800-799-4889. The Crisis Text Line is: 741741

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

https://www.mhanational.org/

If you have gone through a traumatic experience, it is normal to feel emotions such as distress, fear, helplessness, guilt, shame, or anger. If these symptoms don't go away over time, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Visit this website from Mental Health America to find out about PTSD and ways you can help yourself or a family member who may be suffering from PTSD.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Brochure

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Psychology Today Therapist Finder

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us?tr=Hdr_Brand

Safehouse Denver

https://safehouse-denver.org/

SafeHouse began as a 16-bed shelter providing a safe place for women and their children. Today, SafeHouse Denver's shelter has 30 beds plus cribs, serving more than 250 adults and children in a typical year. In addition, SafeHouse serves hundreds more adults, children and youth through non-residential services. More than just keeping survivors safe, SafeHouse services include individual counseling, advocacy support groups and referrals to other services.

Stout Street Clinic

https://www.stoutstreet.org/

The mission of Stout Street Foundation (SSF) is to provide the necessary services and support in a totally structured therapeutic community environment to assist addicts and alcoholics to help themselves in rehabilitation, recovery, and transition in returning to society as productive and responsible citizens.

The Center for Trauma and Resilience

http://traumahealth.org/


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