In addition to medical care, people who suffer burn injuries may also suffer psychological trauma. This trauma may become increasingly apparent as their physical wounds heal.
People with burn injuries commonly report:
- Feeling sad, anxious, helpless, or hopeless.
- Frustration with depending on others for assistance.
- Feeling emotionally distant from people.
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep.
- Difficulty relaxing or concentrating.
Research shows that psychological trauma can affect those who suffer burn injuries for years after their injury.
Because of this, burn survivors not only need support in recovering from their physical injuries, but also may need psychological and emotional support and help with healing.
There are several non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting burn patients at every step of their recovery. Below, you will find a list of some of the most prominent organizations providing such services.
Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation
The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation was founded in 1971 by the parents of Alisa Ann Ruch, an eight-year-old who was fatally injured in a backyard barbecue accident. It original was to ensure people knew to Stop, Drop, and Roll if their clothes caught fire.
The Foundation now sponsors a summer camp for child burn survivors, a weekend summit for young-adult burn survivors, and a three-day retreat for adult burn survivors and their loved ones. It also sponsors various trips throughout the year in California.
The Foundation also collaborates with seven hospitals throughout California to provide support for burn-injury survivors and their families. These services include support groups for burn survivors, emergency assistance on a case-by-case basis, and assistance in connecting survivors to local, state, and national resources.
American Burn Association
The American Burn Association is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by burn injury. They stimulate research into burn treatment and prevention efforts. They also provide education courses, annual conferences, and scientific publications.
They also work closely with MSKTC to provide resources for people living with burn injuries and their supporters.
Angel Flight is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need. They generally serve patients needing transportation to or from the heartland region without cost to the patients.
They are members of the Air Care Alliance, a group that provides similar services throughout the United States. Through the Alliance, Angel Flight, and other services like it, can arrange flights from anywhere in the U.S. to anywhere in the U.S.