The Society of Critical Medicine, through its new THRIVE Initiative, is offering five $5,000 grants aimed at fostering an international network of in-person support groups linking survivors of critical illness and their families.
SCCM believes that ICU survivors have unique knowledge and skills that they can share with each other to help improve recovery. The THRIVE Initiative seeks to catalyze this sharing by creating an ICU survivor community.
In face-to-face groups, survivors will offer mutual support and share solutions related to ICU recovery. The goal of this program is not to fund ICU follow-up clinics, but rather to develop peer-support models with strong survivor co-leadership as the foundation of a growing international network of such groups.
Applications for 2017 will begin being accepted on March 1, 2017, and will close on June 1, 2017.