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Emotional and social challenges for burn patients and/or their loved ones can happen at any point after a burn injury. Our burn center offers many options for support.

Peer Support at UW Health

The UW Health Burn Center has an active Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery (SOAR) program. SOAR is a peer support program that connects you with a burn survivor and/or a family member.

SOAR helps people cope and adjust through the exchange of shared experiences. Some topics are best discussed with someone who been through it before. Topics might include:

  • Social comfort

  • Relationships

  • Intimacy and sexuality

  • Reentering society

  • Quality of life

SOAR is an option for University Hospital and UW Health Burn Clinic patients and their loved ones. SOAR will help match you with a peer support volunteer. If you want to speak with a SOAR coordinator, contact vwelsh@

Phone/Internet Access

If you do not have access to phone or internet, go to any fire station in the state of Wisconsin to gain free access.

Other Resources

What Now? Booklet

Understanding and Improving Body Image

Support programs offered by the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation

Phoenix Society Resources

Beyond Surviving: Tools for Social Empowerment

Tools for Redeveloping Social Skills as a Burn Survivor

Active Virtual Support Groups-Schedule

Becoming Greater Than Before

Burn Support Magazine

Phoenix World Burn Congress Annual Meeting