Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado

Support Groups

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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 & Virtual Adult Support Groups

Virtual Partner/Spouse/Caregiver Support

Partner/Caregiver Support Group

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

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

Virtual 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.

 

Email Support Groups 

Email support groups give you the gift of connecting with peers to support one another by sharing your challenges and successes, wisdom and laughs, sorrows and joys on your own time, from your computer or phone. Email groups provide the opportunity to foster deep, meaningful relationships with other survivors and caregivers across the state. Our golden rule: Strive to uphold the Right Relationship. You may also email Deacon Patrick Jones directly at [lamontglen@mac.com]

To join…

1. Follow the link to the group
2. Sign in to (or up for) Google
3. Ask to join the group.

Colorado Brain Injury Support
https://groups.google.com/g/colorado-brain-injury-support
For survivors, thrivers, and their loved ones and caregivers to lean on each other and share the long, rocky road of the challenging yet beautiful recovery journey.

Colorado Support Group For Loved-Ones and Caregivers of Brain Injury Survivors 
https://groups.google.com/g/biac-caregivers
For caregivers and loved-ones of brain injury survivors. This group is a safe place for caregivers to connect with other caregivers, and share their successes as well as struggles. 

 

Virtual Statewide Support Groups

Can’t make a physical meeting due to schedule, distance, transportation, or other limitations? Join an online support group and get connected with survivors throughout the state. 

Young Adult Brain Injury Support Group 

For young adults (age 18-35) Have you found it difficult after your injury to reengage with work, school, or personal relationships? We will be meeting once per month virtually to tackle these topics and more and connect you with people your age who may be going through similar struggles. It is a chance to build a shared community and learn from each other through resources, conversations, and connections how to begin the process of healing. 

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.

  • 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. This group is open to everyone, whether you live in Colorado or not! 

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!

Virtual Women’s Groups

Mending Minds Women’s Support Group 

Providing a safe space, and hopeful encouragement for women affected by brain injury, migraine, and neurological diseases. 

Virtual via Zoom. 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5 PM. 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81970180963?pwd=iGdLezOvXQE4fIXXFu6nw0AIIRCRek.1
Meeting ID: 819 7018 0963
Passcode: 734651

Contact information: Maria Martinez: pueblo.braininjury@gmail.com & Laura Laureta: litupmymind@gmail.com 

 

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 Chat” Brain Injury Survivors Group 

This Group is open to all who want to support each and show solidarity for all brain injury survivors throughout the state of Colorado and those with other disabilities.

Date & Time: Every Tuesday at 10am

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 @ 2pm

 

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 Colorado

Achilles 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

Contact Information

Zach Hudson

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