Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital (81)

Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital is a Level I pediatric trauma center and the largest children’s hospital between Atlanta and Washington, DC. Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital has a team of pediatric and surgical specialists skilled in the proper management of injured children. Physicians, nurses, the emergency department, surgical suites, and the pediatric intensive care unit are always on alert and ready to receive pediatric trauma patients. There is a specialized, interdisciplinary pediatric trauma response team which is available 24/7. In-depth research, education, and injury prevention programs are also an integral part of services. Trauma rehabilitation and acute pediatric rehabilitation services are also available.

The Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) at Levine Children’s Hospital is a community of patients & families seeking to connect following a traumatic physical injury. TSN provides inpatient & outpatient support services throughout the recovery progress.

Supportive Services Available:

Peer Visitation – A one-on-one visit with a trained volunteer who is a survivor of a traumatic physical injury or loved one of a trauma survivor. Visits are available in-person while admitted at the hospital & virtually following discharge from the hospital.

Support Groups – Meetings are offered monthly for adult survivors, family & friends, as well as teens/young adults. Group meetings provide an opportunity to share experiences & learn tools to help with healing & recovery.

Trauma Resilience & Recovery Program – A screening to assess your emotional well-being. Following a screening, you may be offered additional services to help you better understand what to expect & common reactions after injury. A referral for counseling services is also available in support of your emotional recovery.

NextSteps Classes – An online program that helps you manage life, explore difficult emotions & the ways your life has changed after injury. In doing so, NextSteps can help you find the courage to move forward & achieve your goals following a serious physical injury.

TSN Coordinator

Erin Schuster
Erin Schuster
Email Coordinator

1542 Garden Terrace, Suite 205
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28203

work: (704) 292-4492
cell: (704) 292-4492

[email protected]
[email protected]

Website(s) Children’s Services at Levine Children’s Atrium Health Trauma Care

Upcoming Programs and Events

TSN Teen & Young Adults Group – Virtual

4th Tuesday of each month • 6:30 to 8:00 pm – TSN Teen & Young Adults Group is a place for high-school and college-aged individuals who are trauma survivors, or who have a family member or friend with a traumatic injury, to connect and receive support. Please email Erin Schuster for more information.

TSN Family and Friends Group (Currently Virtual)

Virtual group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month • 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – TSN in-person groups are on hold due to Atrium Health’s COVID-19 policies. Please see information about virtual TSN support groups. Click here for more about Atrium Health’s COVID-19 policies and updates: Come meet other family or friends of trauma survivors – Connect with others who understand the impact of trauma on those who support trauma survivors – Drinks and snacks provided – Meets in the same location but separate room as the Adult TSN Survivors Group. Please email Erin Schuster for more information.

Adult TSN Survivors Group (Currently Virtual)

Virtual group meet the 4th Tuesday of each month • 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – TSN in-person groups are on hold due to Atrium Health’s COVID-19 policies. Please see information about virtual TSN support groups. Click here for more about Atrium Health’s COVID-19 policies and updates: Come meet other trauma survivors who understand the ups and downs of the recovery process. – Come hear trauma survivors share their personal stories of strength and recovery after a traumatic injury. – Learn and discuss ways of building personal strength and confidence after a life-changing injury. – Snacks and drinks provided. Please email Erin Schuster for more information.

Community Resources

Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program (ASAP) The Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program (ASAP) provides instruction and opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities to participate in sports, recreational activities and outdoor adventures. Participants include those who have experienced traumatic and non-traumatic injuries and diseases. Sports vary by season and include: Cycling, fishing, golf, kayaking, hunting, rugby, snow skiing, soccer, swimming, tennis and water skiing. Contact Phone: 704-355-1062 [email protected] Locations determined by scheduled activity North Carolina

Americans with Disabilities Act The ADA website provides information and technical assistance regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. 1-800-514-0301 (voice) 1-800-514-0383 (TTY)

American Chronic Pain Association 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.

AMPOWER 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 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.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America 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.

Brain Injury Association of America The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) works to advance awareness, research, treatment, and education to improve the quality of life for all people 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. Visit the website to find a BIAA chapter near you.

Child Mind Institute The Child Mind Institute is an independent,national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. The Child Mind Institute has prepared free trauma resources to aid parents, educators, and other adults in talking to children and adolescents about potentially traumatic events and identifying those who might benefit from more focused professional attention.

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. Call 1-800-225-0292 or visit

Family Caregiver Alliance 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.

Insight Timer Guided Meditation App Free guided meditation app for download to your device.

Mental Health America 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.

National Alliance for Children’s Grief If you are supporting a child who is grieving, we are here to connect you to resources and local support. The alliance is a national organization of professionals dedicated to supporting children and the networks and communities surrounding them.

National Center for PTSD A national resource for trauma survivors, 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 Find local assistance, learn about crime and its effects, and browse resources to help victims rebuild their lives.

National Human Trafficking Hotline 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 Child Traumatic Stress Network The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. This unique network of frontline providers, family members, researchers, and national partners is committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly into practice across the U.S.

Phoenix Society – Supporting the Burn Community The Phoenix Society has long been the strongest voice for burn survivors, their families, and their caretakers—advocating that healing is life-long process. For nearly 40 years we have been focused on building a strong community for transformational healing.

Psychology Today – Mental Health Provider Referral Search Search for mental health provider referrals based on location, insurance, age, type of therapy, language, etc.

Shepard Center Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions.

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide The mission of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide is to reduce the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) – Treatment Locator SAMHSA’s mission is to lead public health and service delivery efforts that promote mental health, prevent substance misuse, and provide treatments and supports to foster recovery while ensuring equitable access and better outcomes. Use this resource to find local treatment and support. SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 800-662-HELP (4357)

The Trevor Project 866-488-7386 (Crisis Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth) Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.

Teen Line Call 1-800-852-8336 or Text “TEEN” to 839863 TEEN LINE was created in 1980 by a group of mental health professionals who, through their personal work with teenagers, realized that a more inclusive approach to adolescent mental health was needed. After extensive research and consultation, TEEN LINE – a teen-to-teen hotline with community outreach services – was born.

U.S. Department of Education The purpose of this guidance is to assist educators, parents, and state and local educational agencies in implementing the requirements of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regarding Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for children with disabilities, including preschool-aged children.

U.S. Department of Education’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Find information for children with disabilities and their families who want to explore resources on infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities