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SCCM seeks to improve patient and family support after critical illness through the THRIVE Initiative. offers resources for children and families following a critical illness.

THRIVE Peer Support Collaborative
The THRIVE Initiative seeks to catalyze this sharing by creating an ICU survivor community.
After the ICU is a group of doctors, former patients and other healthcare professionals, working together to provide ICU patients, their families and other medical professionals with information about the road to recovery after critical illness

THRIVE Post ICU Clinic Collaborative
The Society of Critical Medicine, through its new THRIVE Initiative, is offering up to seven, $1,000 grants aimed at fostering a network of hospitals focused on developing post ICU clinics to provide comprehensive care to ICU survivors. provides free, reliable information about health issues by sharing people's real-life experiences. 

ICU Liberation: Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)
James C. Jackson, Psy.D, assistant professor at Vanderbilt University, discusses Post-Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS), a condition that affects survivors of critical care illness. He defines PICS, examines how PICS affects patients and families, and identifies common ICU practices that lead to the development of PICS

ICU Steps: Empathy, not Sympathy
ICUsteps is the United Kingdom's only support group for people who have been affected by critical illness and has helped many former patients, their relatives and medical staff from organisations around the world.

Models of Peer Support to Remediate Post-Intensive Care Syndrome
"Models of Peer Support to Remediate Post-Intensive Care Syndrome" was published in the February/March 2019 issue of Critical Connections.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s international THRIVE Peer Support Collaborative analyzed 17 sites within the collaborative between October 2016 and July 2017, and they identified six general models of peer support.


Pediatric Post-Intensive Care Syndrome and the Family
Children may experience post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) after a stay in the intensive care unit.

PICU Parent
The goal of PICUparent is to help parents understand their child's healthcare.  

Recovering from the ICU: A Survivor's Story 
Alison Clay, MD, shares her experience as an ICU survivor and her experience with post-intensive care syndrome (PICS). 

THRIVE: Pediatric Post-Intensive Care Syndrome
As children leave the pediatric intensive care unit, parents may notice changes. Some children may have additional needs after a stay in the PICU. This video aims to share stories and examples that exemplify challenges after a PICU stay. 

THRIVE: Pediatric Post-Intensive Care Syndrome and the Family
Children may experience post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) after a stay in the intensive care unit. Symptoms include learning and attention difficulties, post-traumatic stress disorder, sadness and depression, difficulty sleeping, behavior changes, motor dysfunction, breathing problems, feeding problems and difficulty hearing and seeing. Families may also be impacted by PICS. Help prepare your whole family to identify and treat PICS. 

THRIVE: Recovery After a Hospitalization for Sepsis
Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection. This video offers strategies for sepsis survivors and their families

THRIVE: Redefining Recovery
More people are surviving critical illness, leading to an increase in a condition called post-intensive care syndrome (PICS).  This video aims to help educate ICU survivors and their families about PICS. 

Warrior Within: Audio Relaxation
The Warrior Within is an audio relaxation exercise that post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) suffers can use as part of a meditation practice.