Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

Survive. Connect. Rebuild.

A Program of the ATS

Danbury Hospital Nuvance Health

Danbury Hospital is a 456-bed acute care hospital that offers award-winning patient care. For more than 130 years, the hospital has delivered mission-driven services to the community. We are committed to providing safe, convenient care to meet your personal healthcare needs.


We are part of Nuvance Health™, a network of seven hospitals and numerous outpatient facilities in the Hudson Valley and Western Connecticut. Our patients benefit from the various multispecialty groups and services across the system.


Level II Trauma Centers at Nuvance Health
When it comes to lifesaving and emergency care, the facility that you choose matters. Danbury HospitalNorwalk Hospital and Vassar Brothers Medical Center have Level II Trauma Center designations. These hospitals provide lifesaving, rapid-response treatments to the community. Nuvance Health offers:


Advanced Trauma Care

Trauma teams bring together the hospital’s advanced capabilities to address the full spectrum of injuries, with dedicated trauma and other surgical care available around the clock. The team can respond within minutes of a trauma activation. The Trauma Injury Prevention Program (TIPP) at Nuvance Health™ raises awareness and makes the community a safer place. 


At a Level II Trauma Center, you’ll find:

  • Specially designed trauma bays
  • A team of dedicated, fellowship-trained trauma and critical care surgeons
  • A multidisciplinary team approach involving a range of specialists and sub-specialists
  • Cardiothoracic surgery and advanced neuro-interventional surgery
  • Trauma prevention and continuing education programs for hospital staff
  • Continued commitment to and collaboration with the EMS communities in the areas we serve

Upcoming Programs & Events

Race to Rebuild

May 1 - 31, 2023 • Anytime

Presented by The American Trauma Society and Trauma Survivors Network. A Virtual 5k/1 Mile walk/run/cycle/roll/cheerleader event to support trauma survivors as they Survive, Connect and Rebuild after a serious injury. Participate ANYWHERE ANYTIME In-Person Event: Saturday May 27th @ 10am- Walkway Over The Hudson Learn more

Free Virtual Tai Chi

April 17 thru October 9, 2023 • see website

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention is a falls prevention program that uses the principles and movements of Tai Chi to help senior citizens improve their balance and increase their confidence in doing everyday activities. This evidence- based program is proven to reduce falls and improve fitness and is designed for older adults who are interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength. More detailed program information can be found here. Classes are led by a trained/certified instructor; twice a week for 60 minutes for 10 weeks. Registration Required Learn more

May is Trauma Awareness Month!

May 2023

The entire month of May is focused on raising awareness for trauma survivors, their family/friends, and the trauma professionals who go above and beyond every day. Learn more

National Trauma Survivors Day!

May 17, 2023

The 3rd Weds. in May is National Trauma Survivors Day! We celebrate together the strength and resiliency of trauma survivors, their family/friends, and the trauma professionals who go above and beyond every day. Learn more

Danbury Campus TSN Newsletter

Keep up to date with the Danbury Campus TSN program, information, and events! Sign up by emailing to be included in the distribution list. Learn more

Caregiver Support Group

Caregiver Support Group:  Being a Caregiver can be incredibly rewarding. It can also be one of the most difficult and isolating times a person can go through. If you are caring for a family member and have experienced frustration, sadness, guilt or anxiety through your caregiving journey, you are not alone. Take the opportunity to meet other caregivers to share your experiences and learn strategies to reduce your stress. Please contact Miranda Dold, LCSW at (203) 739-4921 or to learn more. Learn more

Grief Support Group

Grief Recovery Method® Grief Support Group:  This group meets for eight weeks and offers a step-by-step action program for moving beyond death, divorce and other losses. Group members are expected to attend all sessions. To register or for further information, contact Chaplain Beryl Knudsen, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist at (203) 739-7135 or Learn more

Living With Loss Support Group

Living with Loss Support Group: This bereavement group is specially geared towards caregivers. Losing someone you have been caring for can be life altering, leaving a lasting impact emotionally, mentally, and socially. Some caregivers carry many different emotions as they grieve. Some caregivers find that they are reinventing themselves and their role in life. We invite you to learn more about this grief group for caregivers. Please email for more details and to discuss possible meeting times. Learn more

Next Steps Online

The NextSteps program is a free 6-week self management course designed to recognize that YOU play the most important role in your recovery. based on the principles of self-management. It uses techniques that have been scientifically proven to increase one’s self confidence and sense of empowerment. NextSteps teaches you the skills to become an active self manager of your health and your life. Learn more

Virtual Support Group for Trauma Survivors

Every 2nd Wednesday 3-4:30pm ET and Every 4th Wednesday 6:30-8pm ET

Virtual Support groups are free, 90 minute online groups to support survivors of physical injury. Groups are co-led by TSN Trauma Professionals and TSN Peers. Register at link Learn more

988 Lifeline Transition- Begins July 16, 2022

July 16,2022

The U.S. is getting close to the July 16 transition to 988—the easy-to-remember number to reach the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. This transition is an important step to strengthening and transforming the crisis care continuum in the U.S. Learn more

Needy Meds

NeedyMeds has information on programs that offer assistance based on a person's diagnosis. Learn more

Resources in Spanish / Recursos en Español

Esta página contiene enlaces a recursos del NIMH en español. También incluye enlaces a recursos en español relacionados con la salud que provienen de otras fuentes confiables. Learn more

Talking to Children About Shootings

Provides information on how to talk to children about mass shootings. This tip sheet describes ways to talk to children about mass violence events that involve a shooting. It gives tips about how to start the conversation, common reactions children may have, and how to seek help if needed. Learn more

Community Resources

Guidebook for Trauma Survivors and Loved Ones

We hope that the information in this book will help you better cope during this difficult time. It includes basic facts about the most common types of injuries and their treatments, the patient care process, and hospital services and policies. Please see the link for the PDF in Community Resources below or email for a copy in English or Spanish

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Guía Para Pacientes Y Sus Seres Queridos

Esperamos que la información que encontrará en esta guía le permita afrontar mejor este momento difícil. Incluye datos básicos sobre los tipos de traumatismos más frecuentes y los tratamientos correspondientes, el proceso de atención del paciente, y los servicios y las políticas del hospital

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2-1-1 Connecticut

2-1-1 is a free, confidential information and referral service that connects people to essential health and human services 24 hours a day, seven days a week online and over the phone. 2-1-1 is fully certified in crisis intervention by the American Association of Suicidology and is certified by The Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS). AIRS is the professional association for over 1,200 community Information and Referral (I&R) providers.


Al‑Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help. Alateen, a part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, is a fellowship of young people (mostly teenagers) whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking whether they are in your life drinking or not. By attending Alateen, teenagers meet other teenagers with similar situations. Alateen is not a religious program and there are no fees or dues to belong to it.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

Alcoholics Anonymous- CT meeting list (In-person & Virtual)

CT Listing of In-person and Virtual AA meetings

American Chronic Pain Association

Our Mission To facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families so that these individuals may live more fully in spite of their pain. To raise awareness among the health care community, policymakers, and the public at large about issues of living with chronic pain.

CT Healthy Living- Chronic Pain

A key initiative of CHLC, this public education website provides fast, easy access to participation in evidence-based programs such as Live Well with Chronic Conditions, Live Well with Diabetes and Live Well with Chronic Pain, and the Aging Mastery Program, and supports the Collective’s mission to provide access to healthy living programs throughout the lifespan.

Amputee Coalition

Mission & Goals of Amputee Coalition: Our Mission: 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. Our Key Tenets: Limb Loss Is Not Uncommon, And Becoming Less Uncommon Every Day. The Amputee Coalition works to raise awareness about and increase practices to prevent limb loss. No Amputee Alone The Amputee Coalition works to ensure that no amputee feels alone through pre- and post amputation and recovery. Living Well With Limb Loss The Amputee Coalition works to help amputees and their family live life to the fullest after amputation.


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.

Anxiety & Depression Association of America

The Anxiety and Depression Association (ADAA) focuses on improving quality of life for those with anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD and co-occurring disorders through education, disseminating resources, and our annual conference. ADAA helps people find treatment, resources, and support. More than 11 million people visit ADAA's website each year - from all across the globe. ADAA promotes scientific innovation and engages a diverse network of basic and clinical anxiety and depression researchers and providers encouraging the implementation of new treatments to clinicians. These commitments drive ADAA’s promise of finding new treatments and one day prevent and cure these disorders.

Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut

The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (BIAC) was founded in 1981 when Charlotte Kane, the mother of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor, gathered a group of caregivers around her well-worn kitchen table in Connecticut. The topic of discussion was the painful lack of resources for the brain injury survivors they knew and loved. Since its incorporation in 1982, BIAC has grown to become Connecticut’s only statewide, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing brain injury survivors, their families and caregivers with the resources, information, and emotional support necessary as they travel the often long and difficult road of recovery. In 2012, BIAC became a founding member of a new, national organization — United States Brain Injury Alliance — that is committed to improving lives through brain injury awareness, prevention, advocacy, support, research and community engagement.

Brain Injury Association of America

Our Goals: 1. Improve care and support for individuals with brain injury and their families. 2. Increase awareness and understanding of brain injury and the Brain Injury Association. 3. Accelerate research for treatment and a cure. 4. Increase BIAA’s impact commensurate with the scope of the problem.

Burn Survivors

OUR VISION: Uniting the voice of the burn community around the globe to profoundly advance lifelong healing, optimal recovery, and burn prevention.

Disability Rights Connecticut (DRCT)

At Disability Rights Connecticut, we provide legal advocacy and rights protection to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology, community integration, voting, and rights protection issues. DRCT also addresses issues through policy advocacy, education, monitoring, and investigation.

An Overview of Disability Resources

If you are disabled, you know it can be a challenge to find and understand the government benefits available to you. Once you qualify as disabled by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) through their definition of disability, you can begin applying for benefits to help you and your family. can connect you to information on government benefits you may be eligible for and help you in your search. This article highlights healthcare benefits, disability insurance, and where to find other resources on Let’s

Family Caregiver Alliance

The mission of Family Caregiver Alliance is to improve the quality of the life for family caregivers and the people who receive their care. Find out more about our work. We are excited to provide many resources in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and more.

Caring for Yourself - Age Well CT

Caring for a family member or friend who requires help can be a daunting job and is one of the most important roles you will ever take on. Here are resources that will help you cope and get the support you need as a caregiver.

Kevin's Community Center Compassion Support Group

A support group for parents who have lost a child. A supportive grief group will not stop the grieving process but will provide connections with others on this journey in a safe place, with a dialogue of hope and compassion to help renew our spirits and share the love of our children. During these challenging times, the support group will be safely provided virtually, via Zoom, on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Register here to get access to the Zoom code at no charge. For more information contact

Intimate Partner Violence

About Us Every child and adult in the United States has the right to live in a safe, nurturing home. Child maltreatment and intimate partner violence (IPV) often occur together and it is important to recognize the signs, screen and assess for IPV and provide a safe intervention response. The mission of the State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families is to work together with families and communities for the children who are healthy, safe, smart and strong.

Center for Empowerment & Education

This center has services such as emergency shelter and support services, counseling and advocacy services and crisis intervention. The organization serves over 20,000 individuals from their area communities with free and confidential services that are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

MADD- Victim Services

A person’s life is forever changed following a drunk or drugged driving crash. Many victims and survivors are left not knowing what to do or where to turn. MADD Victim Services is here to help those following the aftermath of a crash at no cost to the victim. Victim Services Provided at No Charge- we strive to provide as many services as possible to victims of drugged and drunk driving crashes. Listed below are some examples of services that MADD may be able to provide, the actual services provided will be based on availability. - Offer emotional support to those impacted by phone, in person or via email - Provide a wide selection of free brochures and literature, available in both English and Spanish related to the aftermath of the crash. - Provide information, education and assistance in understanding the various laws related to drunk and drugged driving laws in your area - Education on the criminal justice process and court proceedings - Assistance with preparation of a Victim Impact Statement to present at the sentencing of the offender. Depending on availability, sometimes MADD can provide accompaniment to court or if you are unable to attend, keep you informed of the legal proceedings - Assist victims in understanding their rights as a victim and completing an application for Crime Victims Compensation - Assist in preparing statements for parole hearings or probation hearings - Referrals to local community resources including but not limited to support groups, crisis professional counselors, and civil attorneys.

National Center for Victims of Crime- NCVC

The National Center for Victims of Crime is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims’ rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims’ issues. After more than 35 years, we remain the most comprehensive national resource committed to advancing victims’ rights and helping victims of crime rebuild their lives. The National Center is, at its core, an advocacy organization committed to — and working on behalf of — crime victims and their families. Rather than focus the entire organization’s work on one type of crime or victim, the National Center addresses all types of crime.

National Human Trafficking Hotline

The National Human Trafficking Hotline connects victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking with services and supports to get help and stay safe. The Trafficking Hotline also receives tips about potential situations of sex and labor trafficking and facilitates reporting that information to the appropriate authorities in certain cases. The toll-free phone and SMS text lines and live online chat function are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Help is available in English or Spanish, or in more than 200 additional languages through an on-call interpreter. Hearing and speech-impaired individuals can contact the Trafficking Hotline by dialing 711, the free national access number that connects to Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS). The National Human Trafficking Hotline serves all individuals who reach out for our services regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or any other factor protected by local, state, or federal law.

National Organization for Victim Assistance

Founded in 1975, NOVA is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States and is the recognized leader in victim advocacy, education and credentialing.

Neurocritical Care

Mission Statement The Neurocritical Care Society strives to provide... Quality Patient Care by identifying and implementing best medical practices for acute neurological disorders that are consistent with current scientific knowledge, and that promote compassionate care and respect for patient-centered values. Professional Collaboration by providing a forum for communication, collaboration, and exchange of ideas between physicians and allied health-care professionals within different specialties who care for critically-ill neurological patients. Research by fostering clinical, experimental, and outcomes research focused on developing innovative and cost-effective medical and surgical interventions for acute neurological disorders. Training and Education by developing standards for advanced fellowship training, program accreditation, and physician certification in the subspecialty of neurological intensive care. Advocacy by making the case to patients, the public, policy makers and other healthcare professionals that complex, life-threatening neurological diseases are best cared for by a multidisciplinary team with special expertise in neurocritical care.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Mental Health America (MHA)'s work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need them; with recovery as the goal.

Resources in Spanish/ Recursos en Español

Esta página contiene enlaces a recursos del NIMH en español. También incluye enlaces a recursos en español relacionados con la salud que provienen de otras fuentes confiables.

Service Dog Project, Inc.

Provides trained Great Dane service dogs for individuals with severe balance and mobility limitations.

Spinal Cord Injuries- United Spinal Association

United Spinal Association is a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit membership organization dedicated to empowering people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including veterans, to live successful and fulfilling lives. Directed by people with disabilities, United Spinal Association works to overcome the stigma of disability and remove physical barriers to inclusion for wheelchair users. We are united in our belief that business, people with disabilities and society all benefit from providing equal opportunity to pursue passions, employment, and recreational opportunities. Our goal is to actively support people with SCI/D through valuable programs and services that maximize independence and create opportunities to become leaders, advocates, and innovators.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services- SAMHSA

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.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide is dedicated to increasing awareness, saving lives and reducing the stigma of suicide through specialized training programs and resources that empower teens, parents and educational leaders with the skills needed to help youth build a life of resiliency.

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