The TIP Riverside Chapter is a dedicated group of typical everyday citizens helping everyday citizens in traumatic crises. Our group of helpful, supportive volunteers is here to serve the needs of anyone when requested by any first responder, hospital personnel, paramedic, or coroner’s office to bring emotional first aid to survivors, friends, and family in crisis.
Our chapter currently serves the following:
While the territory is vast, our group responds 24/7/365 days per year with help, compassion, and professional training.
We bridge the emotional gap between the moments of a tragic event back to moments when a survivor can be more able to manage the needs of life in a post-event existence. Whether for survivors of assault, robbery, rape, burglary, fire, accident, or loneliness, our chapter is here to help the distraught.
Trauma Intervention Programs of Riverside County, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.
A significant reason for the TIP Program is to prevent what mental health professionals call the “Second Injury.” The Second Injury is a victim’s perspective that the emergency system did not provide the support needed after a tragic event.
Emergency personnel does not have the time to provide this support. In Riverside County, they call TIP Volunteers who can prevent a Second Injury. In parts of the county that do not have a TIP Program, Second Injuries reported by victims are common.
Three Examples of Second Injuries
These are just a sample of the terrible things that can happen to victims in the aftermath of a tragic event.
One of TIP’s main goals is to help prevent these second injuries from occurring.
TIP volunteers are trained to step in to work with staff and responders. For example, victims are given information on contacting crime scene cleanup companies and other community services. TIP volunteers also help protect victims against well-meaning friends who mistakenly say the wrong things.