Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

Survive. Connect. Rebuild.

A Program of the ATS

Atrium Health's Levine Children's Hospital

Atrium Health's Levine Children's Hospital, in Charlotte, NC, is the largest children's hospital between Atlanta and Washington, DC. Levine Children's Hospital, located on the campus of Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center, provides an unmatched level of expert care in more than 30 areas of pediatric medicine pediatric hospital. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Levine Children's among the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals for eight consecutive years. In 2018, the Levine Children's Hospital ranked in six specialties; cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology and GI surgery, nephrology, neurology, and neurosurgery and orthopedics. 

The Hemby Pediatric Trauma Institute at Carolinas Medical Center received verification by the ACS as a Level II pediatric trauma center in 2013 and Level I Pediatric designation in 2017. Approximately 1000 injured patients are seen at the center every year, with approximately 800 of those patients being admitted.

The Hemby Pediatric Trauma Institute has a team of pediatric and surgical specialists skilled in the proper management of injured children. Within CMC and LCH, 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 our services. Trauma rehabilitation and acute pediatric rehabilitation services are also available.

The vision of the Hemby Pediatric Trauma Institute is to provide high quality, safe patient care by delivering state-of-the-art medical practice driven by performance improvement process and facilitated by data analysis and peer review at all levels of care delivery.

Upcoming Programs & Events

TSN Virtual Groups

Please join the Trauma Survivors Network at Atrium Health for virtual support groups. Virtual groups will be in place of in-person groups while restrictions are in place due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Virtual Kids and Adult groups are meant to bring survivors of traumatic injury and their loved ones together through an online platform. Please contact Pediatric TSN Coordinator, Erin Schuster, for details. Learn more

TSN Kids Group (Currently Virtual)

Virtual group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month • 6:30 to 7:30 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: TSN Kids Groups are a safe place for children, who are trauma survivors, or who have a family member or friend with a traumatic injury. This is a monthly group where kids can connect with others who have had similar experiences and have fun at the same time. Learn more

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. Learn more

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. Learn more

May is Trauma Awareness Month!

May 2021

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 20, 2021

The third Wednesday 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

Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program (ASAP) of Carolinas Rehabilitation

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 Locations determined by scheduled activity North Carolina Learn more


KinderMourn provides hope for bereaved parents, grieving children and teens by offering support and counseling programs, creating awareness of bereavement issues and empowering the community to effectively assist those who have suffered an unthinkable loss. Learn more

Community Resources

Atrium Health- Coronavirus Information

Information and updates about coronavirus from Atrium Health.

Centers for Disease Control- Coronavirus information .

Guidance about coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control, including how to protect yourself from getting sick, how to identify symptoms of COVID-19, and public health resources

SAMHSA Coronavirus Information

Information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration including virtual recovery resources, tips for social distancing and isolation during a pandemic, and more.

Supporting Families During COVID-19

Parents are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping worries — both your children’s and your own — under control. You don’t have to do it alone. Clinical and supportive resources include: - Facebook Live video chats with expert clinicians (10am and 4.30pm) - Remote evaluations and telemedicine - Phone consultations for follow-up about Facebook Live events and other questions about the best way to manage kids at home - Daily tips for parenting during the crisis, via email - Comprehensive resources for parents on coronavirus topics

Stay-At-Home Free Printable Care Package

Big Life Journal is dedicated to helping you and your children get through this unsettling period of increased shelter at home. Download the exclusive Stay-At-Home Care pack with ideas to get your children moving and learning while staying indoors!

Mental Wellness Toolkit

Variety of resources for mental health, from anxiety and stress to meditation.

Mindfulness for Kids and Adults

3 minute body scan meditation for kids and adults

Meditation for Pandemic Anxiety

11 minute meditation on YouTube

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Mission: Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide. Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

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.


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.

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 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—Resources for Parents and Children

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.

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.

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.

Understood Parents want the best for their children. We do, too. For the first time ever, 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey. With the right support, parents can help children unlock their strengths and reach their full potential. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more, Understood aims to be that support.

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

You Can NOT Be Replaced

You Can NOT Be Replaced began in 2012 after the loss of a 7th student to suicide from our local high school. Our goal is to reduce the factors that can contribute to someone in crisis while empowering young people and families to improve relationships, communication, and trust. is the U.S. government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.

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