Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado

Support Groups

Why Attend A Support Group Meeting?

The purpose of our support groups is to create a simple venue where survivors of a brain injury can come together with other survivors, their families, friends, care-partners, and professionals, for the mutual benefit of one another and of the whole group.  Each of our Support Groups provides a two-way street of giving and receiving where a member can feel supported by the group while also supporting others with active/reflective listening, expressing empathy, or by identifying with the same issue; and by doing so, normalize the consequences of a brain injury.  Some essential elements of our Support Groups are:

  • Understanding brain injury
  • Learning about resources and effective professionals in your community
  • Opportunities to be understood by, and understand, others dealing with similar issues
  • Learning self-advocacy strategies from others’ challenges and achievements
  • Enjoying recreational and social activities
  • Finding encouragement, hope, and emotional healing
  • Promoting community involvement and public awareness
  • Ability to express both positive and negative views without being judged or labeled
  • Exploring common needs, strengths, and interests

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Sometimes we are not notified about changes to schedules.  Please contact the Support Group’s facilitator to verify the meeting will be held at the listed time and place.  Thank you.

In-Person Adult Support Groups

Partner/Spouse/Caregiver Support

Denver Partner/Caregiver Support Group

Partners, caregivers, family members and friends, who have relationships with brain injury survivors.

  • Date & Time: 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6:00pm-7:30pm via Zoom
  • Contact Information: Brittany Bell – text messages to 615-496-0700 – Brittany.matern@gmail.com
  • Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88276505685?pwd=TE1Yc2NkMTl4dC81Y0tnbCtHQjJuQT09

Heads Up for HOPE

Our goal is to provide support for those living with brain injury and their caregivers in a safe, comfortable and encouraging environment that allows people to share personal experiences regarding their injuries, treatments, obstacles, and resources.

Register through our Facebook page or contact us at info@headsupforhope.com

  • Date & Time: 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month via Zoom 5:30-7:00pm (Meditation prior to every meeting for 5-10 minutes) 
  • Contact Information: Diane Smooke – 970-368-2898 – diane@headsupforhope.com & Leslie Davis – 970-390-0916 –  leslie@headsupforhope.com

Parent Support

Support Group For Parents With A Child With A Brain Injury

Virtual parent support group held the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Contact Wendy Bonifazi for registration and more information by phone 970-229-9719 or email wbonifazi@gmail.com 

Successfully Social 

Coaching and support for parents of kids, adolescents, and young adults with social learning challenges.

 

Sibling Support

Sibshops

An opportunity for siblings of children with special medical, mental health, and developmental needs to obtain peer support and education within a recreation context.

 

Online Support Groups

Can’t make a physical meeting due to schedule, distance, transportation, or other limitations? Want support between meetings? No problem. Join a virtual support group and get connected with survivors throughout the state. 

Operation TBI Freedom – TBI Peer Support Group for Veterans

State-wide Support Group, supporting all veterans who are survivors of brain injury, their partners, caregivers, & families.

*CURRENTLY ON HOLD DUE TO COVID-19

  • Date & Time: 3rd Tuesday/ 11:30am-1:00pm 
  • Virtual Zoom Meeting ID: 818-503-5690 (no password)
  • Contact Information: Al Garcia- 719-650-0797 – agarcia@craighospital.org 

Young & Young at Heart Stroke Support Group

Supporting survivors who are navigating working (or returning to work), parenting, and relationships after experiencing a stroke. We welcome survivors, caregivers, and allies.

  • Date & Time: 3rd Thursday / 6:00 – 7:30pm
  • Virtual Zoom: Register @ https://bit.ly/YoungSupport
  • Contact Information: Flannery O’Neil – 602-317-8095 – youngstrokecos@gmail.com

Local:

Nationwide:

  • Caregivers of Veterans
  • TryMunity – TryMunity provides an Online Social Community for Survivors & Supporters who come together to offer stories of hope, words of encouragement, ideas and suggestions for anyone who has experienced a life-changing event and to help fight past the pain, fear and depression and assist them on their road to recovery. Join them!

Women’s Groups

PINK Concussions The first non-profit organization focusing on women and girls with concussions from sport, domestic violence, accidents or military service.  PINK Concussions facilitates five Facebook Support Groups to encourage conversation with people who share your own experiences, pain and struggles, joys and hopes while healing from a female brain injury. Support Groups include a Young Women’s Group, Caregivers’ and Parents’ Group, PINK Military Group, and more.

Social Groups

Brain Busters!  Lit-Up My Mind and Pueblo Brain Injury, LLC, are excited to be co-hosting Brain Busters!, a group for survivors of traumatic brain injury, and/or those thriving with headache health issues. We will be coming together virtually three times per month to play games. Participation is free. If you are not comfortable with technology, please don’t worry! Learning can be quick and easy, and we can help you. Come by for community, and lots of laughs! 

Pueblo Brain Injury, LLC, Lit-Up My Mind

Date &Time: First Friday @ 7pm, Second Thursday @ 10am, Fourth Monday @ 7pm

“The Hangout” A group of brain injury survivors, friends, family, medical professionals and other interested parties that meet weekly to share resources, network, and socialize. We get together for various activities (going to Museums, baseball games, holiday parties) hearing guest speakers, and more–all planned by group members.
*CURRENTLY ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

  • Date & Time: Visit their calendar
  • Contact Information:
    Central Site – central@thehangoutcolorado.org
    South Site – south@thehangoutcolorado.org 

Outdoor Mindset This non-profit organization unites and inspires people affected by neurological challenges through a common passion for the outdoors. Their focus on relationships and the outdoors encourages people to change their perceptions of diagnosis from limitation to opportunity.

Achilles ColoradoAchilles Colorado is a completely volunteer organization. They encourage athletes with disabilities and volunteer guides to join their weekly runs. Achilles Colorado currently meets every Monday all year round in Denver’s Washington Park at 6pm. They also meet at 6pm on Wednesday’s in Boulder, 6:15pm on Mondays in Colorado Springs, and 6pm on Thursday’s in Lafayette. For more info and to RSVP, go to: http://www.meetup.com/coloradoruns

Leader Website Resources

Contact Information

Zach Hudson

Program Manager - Peer Mentorship
Email: Zach@BIAColorado.org