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What is a Brain Injury Support Group?
A brain injury support group is a gathering of people who have experienced brain injury (either first-hand or second-hand, such as a family member), who come together for self-expression and encouragement. The group provides a forum for emotional expression within a nurturing environment.
While each group must develop its own identity and membership composition, the most important considerations are 1) identifying who can benefit as a result of participating in a support group and 2) determining how the composition of the constituents can benefit the group as a whole.
A brain injury support group is NOT formal, professional therapy.
Why Have a Brain Injury Support Group?
- Emotional healing comes through interpersonal contact.
- Sharing of similar experiences helps members feel less isolated and more empowered to deal with daily challenges.
- Encouragement comes from learning about the achievements of others who have overcome similar difficulties.
- Contribution helps support group members feel useful and gives meaning to their lives.
- Education results from the exchange of information and personal experiences.
- Socialization establishes and maintains important connections with people and enhances confidence in social skills.
- Self-expression, as emotions are experienced and released, creates a greater understanding of oneself and one's capabilities.
- Confidence building results as members self-direct the support group and work on the problems they all have in common.
- Safety, in the context of a confidential, supportive, non-judgmental environment, allows for honest self-expression and confidence building.
- A sense of growth occurs as long-term members see new participants and reminisce about where they began and how far they have come in their personal journey.
(Brain Injury Association of America)