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
- A place to find courage, develop SMART goals, and to take reasonable risks
We hope you will be able to visit one of our Support Group meetings soon. Be certain each of our groups are independent of one another and each has its own agenda, program and style. Please feel free to visit a couple of them in your area to get a feel for which ones best serve you at this time.
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
- For all types of brain injury
- For stroke survivors specifically
- Successfully Social – Coaching and support for parents of kids, adolescents, and young adults with social learning challenges
- Sibling Tree – Building and providing resources for the siblings of individuals with special needs.
- 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. We’ll come to your computer by email so you can access support when and where you want it: Local:
- Colorado Brain Injury Support
- Colorado Support Group for Caregivers and Loved-Ones of Brain Injury Survivors
- 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!
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.
“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
Tuesdays from noon to 3:00 pm In Church in the City’s big room on the ground floor of the church. Enter the accessible entrance that is just off of the alley that is between York & Gaylord on the 16th ave. side. Please don’t park on the street (at the church’s request), but in the lot behind Church in the City’s administration building which is on the southwest corner of 16th & York. 1580 Gaylord St. (the big church building) Denver, CO. 80206 (720) 583-5890
Thursdays from 12:30 to 3:00 pm In Craig Hospital’s Outpatient & Family Apartment Building in the Digby Room (you may enter directly from the W. courtyard). 3427 S. Emerson St. Englewood, CO. 80113 (720) 583-5890
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
Broken Brain Achievers Club A group in Colorado Springs whose members are committed to living life with purpose and meaning – to the fullest of our capability – and then some!