What are Outreach Services?
If someone in your family has been involved in a trauma whether it
was the result of an auto accident, motorcycle crash, a recreational accident,
fall or an assault you already know the effects of that trauma impacts the whole
family. Trauma Outreach Services are designed to assist families and patients as
they navigate their recovery. Everybody's recovery is different.
The purpose of our Outreach Program is to provide additional
emotional support and improve outcomes for trauma patients and the family. After
a trauma some people believe that they think, feel and act differently. They
sometimes feel alone and that they have no one to talk to and donít know where
to go for help.
Traumatic injury affects patients and families in many
different ways. Families and patients will often feel anxious, fear, anger loss
and pain. These emotions are often intensified as the hospital stay lengthens,
the bills mount and there does not seem to be an end to the recovery process.
Knowing that there is support and someone that you can talk to
that has sat in the same chair you have can make a big difference.
offer free of charge a Peer Mentoring Program. This program provides
connections, assistance, resource education and emotional support to patients
and families from survivors and their family members. To view our brochure
for the Mentoring Program click here. Trauma patients and
families are encouraged to use members of this program to help deal with the
emotional impact of trauma. If you would be interested in having a mentor or in
becoming a mentor please call 239-343-2561. You can also download the
application by clicking here and fax, mail or email the completed form to the Trauma Center.
Our fax number is (239)343-2968
Our address is Trauma Center,2780 Cleveland Ave. Suite 702, Fort Myers, Florida
The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
We are hoping to establish several
support groups in the months to follow. Please watch this
website for further details. You can also go to Facebook and
like Trauma Survivors of Southwest Florida. Call Kathy at (239)343-2561
for more information or if you would like to be part of a group.
We know too well the strain the long cold
lonely nights can have on a family. We
are providing bags that will have some small comfort items in them and some
resource material. Click here for a
list of items we are always looking for to include in our comfort bags. If you sew, knit,
crochet or quilt and would like to make a small comforter or travel size pillow
case to be included in these bags please call 239-343-2561.
Second Chance Celebration
Surviving a trauma is something to celebrate. We invite
friends, family and those impacted by trauma every year to
our Second Chance Celebration. It is a time to gather with
others and celebrate the success we have accomplished over
the year. It is also an opportunity to renew friendships,
make new ones and thank those who helped in our recovery.
folks that we lost will have their name read and a butterfly
released during a memorial ceremony. As survivors we hope
you will join us for this very special event. Please call
239-343-2561 for more information. Click here to download
the Memorial Butterfly order form and return it to the
Trauma Center by mail, fax or email.
year at the Celebration we award a Glancy to a Survivor,
family member and professionals in the trauma arena. We look
for people who have paid it forward, have gone above and
beyond and have made a difference. Know somebody? Nominate
them this year for a Glancy. Click here
to download the application and
return it to the Trauma Center by mail, fax or email.
year part of the entertainment at the Celebration is a self
produced video that is revealed for the first time at the
celebration and later placed on YouTube. The theme is
different each year. It's fun and it's free. Please feel
free to get involved and become a star on YouTube. Call
239-343-2561 for more information.
Memorial Quilt Project
addition to celebrating our accomplishments we remember
those who sadly lost their fight. We invite family and
friends to re-memorialize their loved one in a number of
ways. We encourage you to complete a memorial square that
will be joined with others to complete a memorial quilt that
is unveiled at the celebration. You can download information
on the Memorial Quilt Project by clicking here.
We ask you to tell us about your loved one and complete any
or all of the following sentences. "I will always remember
when..... The thing I remember most about you is..... or I
wish I had the chance to tell you...." After you complete
them include a photo of your loved one. We will display them
on a story board at the celebration. You can email, mail or
drop off the photos, completed sentences quilt square and
stories to the Trauma Center.
Trauma Awareness Month
May is trauma awareness month. We feel
that it is important to remind our local governing bodies of
the importance of the trauma center. We encourage you to get
involved in this event. It takes very little of your time
and has an everlasting impact on the commissioners. Call
239-343-2561 for more info.