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:
•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.
WE ARE PLEASED TO OFFER SUPPORT GROUPS THROUGH THE TRAUMA SURVIVORS NETWORK
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
November 13, 2021 at 10 AM - Self-Care: Healing After Trauma
December 11, 2021 at 10 AM - Coping & Resiliency
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
January 8, 2022 at 10 AM - Acceptance, Boundary Setting & Gratitude
February 12, 2022 at 10 AM - Mindfulness & Recovery
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER, PLEASE CONTACT
VERONICA ANN SILVA
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
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
• 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.
301 W. Expressway 83
McAllen, Texas, 78503
Upcoming Programs & Events
Support Group for Survivors and Caregivers. Topic: Self-Care: Healing After Trauma. Learn more
Support Group for Survivors and Caregivers. Topic: Coping & Resiliency. Learn more
Support Group for Survivors and Caregivers. Topic: Acceptance, Boundary Setting & Gratitude. Learn more
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 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
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. Learn more
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! Learn more
- 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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