The support group, offered in partnership with the American Trauma Society, is the only such support group south of San Antonio
Receiving treatment for the physical injuries of a traumatic injury is only part of an individual’s recovery. While medications and forms of physical rehabilitation can help the body recover, the path to psychological recovery is not as clearly defined. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, people who have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury — which can result from falls, vehicle collisions, sports injuries and more — have an increased risk of developing a PTSD and other major depressive disorders.
To help support the full process of recovery for trauma survivors, the South Texas McAllen Health System has partnered with the American Trauma Society to bring the first trauma survivor network support group to the Valley of the Rio Grande.
The support group helps trauma survivors and their families rebuild their lives and regain their overall confidence through learning coping skills, as well as connecting with other trauma survivors. Each session presents a different topic of exploration for the whole group, which was launched in November with the theme “Self-Care: Healing from Trauma”.
“Surviving a traumatic physical injury is a healing process, and people need to know that they are not alone,” says Veronica Silva, injury prevention coordinator at South Texas Health System McAllen. “Our Trauma Center supports our patients and family members through all phases of recovery, even after the patient is discharged from the hospital. And, our Trauma Survivor Network support group helps individuals recover. feel empowered and offers them a platform to share their story, which can have a positive impact on others who may be going through similar situations.
Meetings are held the first Saturday of each month via Zoom and are led by a trauma survivor and a medical professional involved in the care of trauma patients; referrals to mental health and addictions services can be provided if needed.
The next session is scheduled for December 11 and will focus on adaptation and resilience. For more information and to register, visit STHS McAllen | TSN.
About the South Texas Health System
The South Texas Health System is a multi-hospital health care system that serves patients throughout the Rio Grande Valley. The system includes four hospital campuses specializing in pediatrics, cardiac and vascular services, maternity, women’s health and trauma. Treatment for behavioral health needs and addictive disorders is also provided by the South Texas Health System Behavioral Health Campus location. The system operates an advanced level II trauma center at South Texas Health System McAllen, the first and only pediatric emergency department at South Texas Health System Children’s, a specialty cardiac emergency department at South Texas Health System Heart and six stand-alone emergency rooms located in and around Weslaco. , Mission, Edinburgh, McAllen and Alamo. For more information on the system, please visit www.southtexashealthsystem.com.