Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

Survive. Connect. Rebuild.

A Program of the ATS

South Texas Health System McAllen

South Texas Health System (STHS) McAllen's Emergency Department is designated a Level II Trauma Center by the Texas Department of State Health Services and the American College of Surgeons – Committee on Trauma, which means we provide life-saving procedures for those who are in immediate danger — arranging for essential specialty treatment within the hospital as well as working in cooperation with other trauma centers. STHS McAllen is the first Level II Trauma Center and only ACS Verified Level II Trauma Center in Hidalgo County.


Principles of Trauma Informed Care:



•Peer Support

•Collaboration & Mutuality

•Empowerment & Choice

•Cultural, historical, gender issues


Recovery for Trauma Survivors and Caregivers

After a traumatic incident has occurred, survivors and caregivers may need guidance or peer support to reach recovery.

Recovery is a process where survivors and caregivers strive to improve their health and mental wellbeing. Empowerment is important for living a self-directed life. Establishing purpose with meaningful activities such as volunteer work, time spent with family and friends, school, work, or even establishing independence are helpful in reaching recovery. 



Please ask us how you may volunteer with the Trauma Survivors Network at STHS McAllen


• Support Group for Survivors & Caregivers on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10 AM


10/9 at 10 AM - Mindfulness & Recovery 

11/13 at 10 AM - Self-Care: Healing After Trauma

12/11 at 10 AM - Coping & Resiliency

1/8 at 10 AM - Acceptance, Boundary Setting & Gratitude






Our trauma team is also focused on Injury Prevention. We have a dedicated injury prevention team committed to identifying patterns of injury and directing our prevention efforts accordingly. Areas of focus include:

  • Fall prevention
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Gun safety
  • Bike safety
  • Pedestrian-related injuries
  • Alcohol and substance use


Programs offered by Injury Prevention

Trauma Survivors Network

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment

Stop the Bleed

Trauma Informed Care Presentation for Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMS

Mental Health First Aid for Adults

Mental Health First Aid for Adults Assisting Children & Youth


Community Collaboration

We appreciate the support, events, and evidence-based education/presentations from organizations within our community for Injury Prevention efforts.

• Moms Demand Action McAllen -  Nonpartisan gun safety and gun violence prevention organization

• National Alliance on Mental Illness RGV - Peer support and education for individuals living with mental health conditions

• Office of Border Public Health - Texas Department of State Health Services (Texas-Mexico Border) Development of sufficient health workforce & access to primary, preventive, and specialty care.

• The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston - CHSA First Responder Program 


Educational Partnerships:

• Our Lady of the Lake University, Worden School of Social Work - Graduate Level Internship.

• University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, School of Social Work - Graduate Level Internship.



TSN Coordinator

301 W. Expressway 83
McAllen, Texas, 78503

work: 9566324929

Upcoming Programs & Events

TSN Support Group

10/9/2021 • 10 AM

Support Group for Survivors and Caregivers. Topic: Mindfulness & Recovery. Learn more

TSN Support Group

11/13/2021 • 10 AM

Support Group for Survivors and Caregivers. Topic: Self-Care: Healing After Trauma. Learn more

TSN Support Group

12/11/2021 • 10 AM

Support Group for Survivors and Caregivers. Topic: Coping & Resiliency. Learn more

TSN Support Group

1/8/2022 • 10 AM

Support Group for Survivors and Caregivers. Topic: Acceptance, Boundary Setting & Gratitude. Learn more

NextSteps Online Class

10/13/2021 • CLASS BEGINS: October 13, 2021

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: CLASS BEGINS: October 13, 2021 ONLINE CHAT BEGINS: October 19, 2021 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

Community Resources

Support for First Responders & Healthcare Workers

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston - CHSA First Responder Program  First Responder Helpline 833-367-4689 Free, confidential support for first responders, healthcare workers, and their caregivers.

Gun Violence & Injury Prevention

Nonpartisan, Everytown Research & Policy conducts independent, methodologically rigorous research, supports evidence-based policies, and communicates this knowledge to the public.

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