The BRIGHT program (Building Resilience after Injury - a Growth and Healing Toolkit) provides support to people who have recently been injured. We are a team of clinicians and researchers specializing in resilience and traumatic stress and are collaborating with UC Health – Memorial and Centura Hospitals to provide these services via a grant funded by the Colorado Springs Health Foundation.

The BRIGHT program is developed and run by a team of researchers and clinicians at the Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience. Our Mission is to advance knowledge of human resilience by pursuing basic science on adaptation and discovery of strength-based solutions through innovative and interdisciplinary research, education, and community engagement. We will transform care and change the scientific dialogue from one of illness and disability to one of strength and empowerment.

Learn more: https://resilience.uccs.edu/
The Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience is housed at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). Learn more about UCCS here: https://www.uccs.edu/
The BRIGHT program is funded by a generous 3 year clinical services grant from the Colorado Springs Health Foundation. Learn more about their important work at their website: https://cshf.net

Program Structure

The BRIGHT program provides a menu of no-cost services to support people as they recover from injury. Program participants have choices about what aspects of the program they utilize.
These no-cost services include:

  • This website, which covers topics such as:
  • Access to a structured, extensive online trauma recovery intervention that research has shown as being effective in reducing stress after stressful events (this is in development and will be available in the fall of 2021).
  • Email message support that provides information about injury recovery and asks participants to fill out brief questionnaires so we can monitor how they are doing and evaluate the effectiveness of these services. Emails will be sent approximately 1-2 times per month for 6 months and it typically takes about 5-10 minutes to complete surveys.
  • Text message support that provides information, asks questions about your experiences, and provides links to helpful information on our website. Texts are sent approximately twice per week for approximately 2 months.

The services described above are supportive services and are not mental health treatment or psychotherapy. If our team thinks that a program participant may benefit from additional services, such as individual therapy, we contact the participant to offer this service. This service consists of a 4-6 session mental health intervention to support participants in recovering from injury, and is provided at no cost.