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Outreach Services

What are outreach services?

Our outreach services provide additional support and improve outcomes for trauma patients, first responders, and their families.

Trauma Outreach Services provides access to resources, support, and programs that are specifically designed to assist Southwest Floridians as they navigate their recovery.

Knowing that you are not alone – there is support available and someone who understands – is an important part of the healing process. As people rebuild their lives after traumatic injury, the Trauma Center’s Outreach Services can help.

Support Groups for Trauma Survivors and First Responders

The Trauma Center hosts free monthly support groups for survivors of traumatic injury. For questions, please call (239) 343-1613.

Attention: Trauma Survivor Support Groups will be virtual due to COVID-19

The Trauma Survivors Group, Amputee Support Group and TBI Support Group will be held virtually until it is safe to resume in person meetings. Please contact Tara Howe at (239) 343-1613 or email Tara.Howe@LeeHealth.org for information on how to join the virtual groups. 

Trauma Survivors Support Group

Survivors of any trauma, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury, amputation, and multiple trauma are encouraged to attend this group. Caregivers, family members and friends are also welcome to join. The group provides an opportunity to connect with peers who have similar stories of survival, ask questions, provide support and learn coping skills to assist in recovery. The group meets at 6pm on the second Tuesday of every month, in person or virtually.

Amputee Support Group

This group is open to anyone affected by amputation. Family welcome to attend. The group meets at 4pm on the third Tuesday of every month, in person or virtually. 

Brain Injury Support Group

This group is open to all survivors of traumatic and/or acquired brain injury (TBI/ABI) and their families. Groups focus on topics specific to brain injury recovery. The group meets at 6pm on the second Tuesday of every month, in person or virtually. 

First Responders Support Group

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Some calls are hard to forget. First Responders have a difficult job; they must respond and react to the unthinkable. Most people will never understand. Are you looking for a group that does? Join us on the First Friday of each month for discussion. Free for any first responder in the 5 county area. 

Meetings: First Friday of each month, beginning May 6, 2022 

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Gulf Coast Medical Center, 1st floor computer room, 13681 Doctors Way, Fort Myers, FL 33912

Contact: Tara Howe at Tara.Howe@leehealth.org

Peer Mentoring

This program links patients and families with volunteer peer mentors who are survivors of trauma. Lee Health trauma mentors serve as visiting peers during hospital and rehabilitation stays and act as partners in ongoing relationships. This program helps patients to form connections, find assistance, and learn about resources from others who have been there.

If you would be interested in having a mentor or in becoming a mentor, please call (239) 343-1613 or email Tara.Howe@LeeHealth.org.