The support groups are open to anyone with a brain injury, their caregivers, family members, and loved ones. It is an opportunity to socialize, share experiences, explore healthy coping strategies, and find strength with others. Meetings may consist of a brief presentation covering a selected topic that is relevant to living with a brain injury followed by an open discussion and problem solving among the group.
The CDC (Centers of Disease Control) reported,” about 2.87 million TBI-related emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations, and deaths occurred in the United States, including over 837,000 of these health events among children.” They further identified that,” TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States.”
Our 2019 event theme was provided by a support group member.
"We are here to give hope to others." — Angela Armstrong
Brain injury survivors are left with physical, cognitive and emotional outcomes that impact their relationships, work and independence, often leading to loneliness and isolation. Support groups offer informal opportunities for understanding a shared experience that greatly changed their lives. Groupwork is a wonderful opportunity for people with similar life experiences to meet each other, share their stories and encourage one another. Group members benefit from learning coping strategies and everyday tips for dealing with various experiences and improving quality of life.
Support groups allow people with brain injuries to see that there is a large community of brain injury organizations and people with TBIs who've had similar experiences. Fellow survivors are willing to share their stories and provide advice on living with a brain injury.
Survivors with TBI can also help one another to learn what various medical terms mean or to make more-informed decisions about residential care, Social Security disability, or insurance eligibility for Medicare or Medicaid.
Support groups provide a safe haven for survivors to ask questions about their symptoms without fear of being criticized.
Kitsap Brain Injury, the nonprofit organization that falls under the umbrella of the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington, recently announced that its annual Walk, Run and Roll for Thought event will be held virtually via Zoom in September due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects, according to the Mayo Clinic. Traumatic brain injuries don’t just occur from playing football or having a stroke.
Suzanne informs the Bremerton City Council that she was presented with a proclaimation from the Mayor of Bremerton Greg Wheeler who proclaimed that March is Brain Injury Awareness month