November 25, 2022

STHS McAllen Launches Trauma Survivor Network Support Group

The Support Group, offered in partnership with the American Trauma Society, is the only support group of its kind south of San Antonio.

Receiving treatment for physical injuries from 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 so 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 PTSD and other major depressive disorders.

To help support the entire trauma survivor recovery process, the South Texas Health System McAllen has partnered with the American Trauma Society to bring the Trauma Survivors Network’s first support group to the Rio Grande Valley.

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 After 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 their families through all phases of recovery, even after the patient is discharged from hospital. Additionally, our Trauma Survivors Network support group helps individuals feel empowered and provides a platform for them to share their story, which can have a positive impact on others who may be experiencing similar situations. .

Meetings are held on the first Saturday of each month via Zoom and are chaired by a trauma survivor and a healthcare professional involved in the care of trauma patients; referrals to mental health and addiction services can be provided as 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 serving patients in the Rio Grande Valley. The system includes four hospital campuses with specialties in pediatrics, cardiac and vascular services, maternity, and women’s health and trauma services. Treatment for behavioral health needs and addiction disorders is also provided by the South Texas Health System Behavioral Health Campus location. The South Texas Health System is affiliated with the South Texas Clinical Partners ACO, Prominence Health Plan, and Cornerstone Regional Hospital. The system operates an advanced level II trauma center at the South Texas Health System McAllen, the first and only pediatric emergency department at the South Texas Health System Children’s, a specialized cardiac emergency department at the South Texas Health System Heart, and six stand-alone emergency rooms located in and around Weslaco. , Mission, Edinburgh, McAllen and Alamo. For more information about the system, please visit