Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

Survive. Connect. Rebuild.

A Program of the ATS

Brigham and Women's Hospital

The Trauma Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) provides comprehensive, expert care to adult trauma patients with the most critical injuries.

The Brigham and Women's Hospital Trauma Center has been providing Level I trauma care since 1993 to Massachusetts and New England residents and visitors.  Level I is the highest designation a trauma center can receive. Providing the highest level of expert skill and care around the clock is what distinguishes us from most other hospitals.

To maintain our Level I accreditation from the American College of Surgeons, we must continuously monitor our care and maintain an excellent response pattern for the treatment of all major trauma which enters our emergency department daily.  This means a trauma surgeon and team of specialists are available 24-hours-a-day, seven days per week.

The Brigham and Women's Hospital Trauma Center is committed to research, education, prevention, and outreach activities.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Amputee Support Group

1st Wednesday of every month • 1-2:30 p.m.

Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month from 1-2:30 pm. Focus of the group is to maximize quality of life for amputees and their family members. All amputees, their family and friends are invited to attend. Learn more

Boston Acquired Brain Injury Support Group (BABIS)

Usually meets on the first Saturday of the month • 10:00 a.m. to noon

This group is for brain injury survivors, family and friends. It is a large support group, averaging 60 or more people each month. There is no registration or fee to attend. There is also a facilitated family/caregiver (brain injury-related) support group which meets at the same time. Usually meets on the first Saturday of the month, from 10 am to Noon. If a first Saturday falls on a holiday weekend, the BABIS Support Group will meet on the second Saturday. On holiday weekends, the group meets on the second Saturday of the month. There are no meetings in July or October. Learn more

Weekly Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

Every Thursday • 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Weekly support groups for anyone affected by SCI (Spinal Cord Injury), to help and inspire the newly injured through role models and peer mentors, and to support individuals and family members as they begin their post-injury journeys. This group is run by run by Dr. Chris Carter Learn more

Peer Visitation

Hospitalization following a traumatic injury can be filled with uncertainty, pain, anxiety and frustration. The TSN offers trauma patients an opportunity to talk with a trained peer visitor who can help the newly injured person through this difficult time and serve as a positive role model for the future. Since they have all lived through the trauma recovery experience, including the rescue scene, hospitalization, rehabilitation, and returning home, TSN peer visitors understand the concerns of new trauma patients on a deeply personal level. When a new trauma patient talks about his or her anxieties regarding the recovery ahead or the frustrations of dealing with the medical system, the TSN peer visitor can offer understanding and some tips for getting through the day. Most important, they are there to listen, address concerns and answer questions. Learn more

Crafting to Better Health

Monday Mornings

A weekly co-ed support group for patients who are interested in learning new crafts or improving their craft skills in order to learn new ways to relieve stress. Build confidence and self-esteem, increase social supports, increase brain power, feel a sense of accomplishment, and opportunities to work on a group or individual project. No crafting experience necessary. Patients must have an outpatient psychiatrist or therapist here at BWH. Exceptions might be made for patients who are in the BWH system and have psychiatrists elsewhere but could still benefit from these groups. Learn more

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Wednesdays • 4-5:30pm

18 weeks DBT group is a compassionate type of behavioral therapy that is intended to help individuals move toward having a life that feesl more meaningful and worth living. DBT targets emotional distress, interpersonal difficulties, and behavioral problems and teaches skill to cope without having to resort to self-defeating behaviors. The group is for men and women with depression, anxiety, and other psychological problems that cause emotional distress. Patients must have an outpatient psychiatrist or therapist here at BWH. Exceptions might be made for patients who are in the BWH system and have psychiatrists elsewhere but could still benefit from these groups. Learn more

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Thursdays • Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:15pm

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is a innovative, 10 week program that has been clinically proven to bolster recovery from depression and prevent relapse. Through guided meditation and related mindfulness practices the group helps people work more skillfully with the painful thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations associated with depression and anxiety and other psychological problems. Patients must have an outpatient psychiatrist or therapist here at BWH. Exceptions might be made for patients who are in the BWH system and have psychiatrists elsewhere but could still benefit from these groups. Learn more

Support Group for Burn Survivors

4th Monday of the month • 4pm

This group is open to individuals, family members, and professionals whom have been impacted by a burn/fire. Meetings are held at 4pm on the 4th Monday of the month at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Learn more

Community Resources

Burn Survivors of New England (BSONE)

Dedicated to supporting & empowering burn survivors & their families as they build active and engaged lives.

Boston Emergency Services Team (BEST)

This toll-free number can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week to obtain services. Staff at the 1-800-981-HELP Call Center will provide support, information, referral, or arrange an in-person evaluation. The Call Center will dispatch mobile clinicians to intervene at the site of the crisis unless a different setting is requested by a family or if the containment of a more secure setting is required. If you or someone in your family is in crisis, please call 1-800-981-4357 for guidance.

Therapy Matcher (NASW-MA)

Therapy Matcher, formerly know as The Social Work Therapy Referral Service (SWTRS), is a public service of the MA Chapter of NASW. Since 1983 this free telephone referral service has connected thousands of people with licensed independent clinical social workers (LICSWs) across Massachusetts. The Referral Service includes nearly 300 therapists in private practice, experienced in helping clients of all ages improve their lives. (617) 720-2828 or (800) 242-9794


The mission of AMPOWER is to empower and strengthen those affected by amputation or limb difference through peer mentorship, educational resources, and community events.

Americans with Diasbilities 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)

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.


Brainline provides information and education about Brain Injury and PTSD for both adult and pediatric populations. To contact them directly, e-mail: or call 703.998.2020.

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.


This helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish. The SAMHSA website also offers a treatment locator to identify local mental health providers. For assistance, call 1-800-662-HELP, TTY: 1-800-487-4889, or visit

BWH Patient Family Relations

Patient and Family Relations provides a wide range of services to make the experience for you and your family at Brigham and Women’s hospital as comfortable as possible.

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