Reactions to traumatic events vary widely, but can include extreme fear, shock, helplessness, and physical symptoms. We offer support services, including grief counseling and referrals to help people after critical incidents and respond on-site by helping individuals identify healthy coping strategies. For some people, extreme stress following a trauma can be overwhelming and cause lasting psychological effects if left untreated. Examples of incidents at which we have provided emergency response and crisis management include:
Riverside Trauma Center coordinates the statewide Riverside-Massachusetts Trauma Response Network. Our role is to respond to disasters and traumatic events throughout Massachusetts. We partner with the Commonwealth and FEMA to implement community disaster recovery plans. We also train and partner with other organizations to develop locally-based response teams.