National Trauma Survivors Day aims to create a voice of compassion


Today is National Trauma Survivors Day, a day created to support those who have experienced a traumatic injury and their caregivers. The American Trauma Society is encouraging everyone to add a message to social media today to "create an unprecedented voice of compassion and solidarity."

If you are interested in taking part in the social media campaign, they have created a sign that you may print out, personalize with words of inspiration, and photograph. Finally, upload your picture to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook with #TraumaSurvivorsDay.

Find more information about National Trauma Survivors Day and the American Trauma Society at their website.

It is also the second anniversary of the EF5 tornado that ripped through Moore, OK. In just a few minutes, more than 20 people were killed, an estimated $2 billion in damage was done, and 1,150 homes were destroyed, including the one belonging to our Humanist Disaster Recovery Teams development coordinator, Rebecca Vitsmun.

Since that day, it has become Rebecca's mission to coordinate a humanist disaster recovery program and to provide nontheists an avenue to assist impacted communities when disaster strikes. Together with Foundation Beyond Belief, she is helping to build a national database of volunteers who are ready and willing to help out should disaster strike because we agree that compassion and solidarity are the right way to help those who have experienced a trauma.

On National Trauma Survivors Day and every day, HDR Teams send our good wishes and support to all those who have experienced trauma.