Support Group Value ~ by Carrie & Karl

By March 20, 2017Blog, Events, News, Resources

VALUE OF SUPPORT GROUPS

By Carrie & Karl

Any type of Support group can be scary at first but they all have benefits. Let’s talk specifically about Brain Injury Support Groups, Why Go?

  • Initially these groups will put you in contact with other people experiencing the same shock and confusions as you. And will let you know that you are not alone in this struggle.
  • Sharing this experience with others “like” you helps you come to grips with what you are going through
  • They can be motivational and give you hope as you see how others are surviving
  • Get pointers on how to adapt to the “”new you” and ideas on how to accomplish different goals and to get things done in a different way
  • By just being with others that are going through this same experience, you become more involved with the outside world (i.e. society) and more comfortable with your uniqueness not disability.
  • It is a constant reminder the progress continues to happen all the time
  • Support groups don’t have to just be about complaining but sometimes you do need that avenue to vent.

Karl and I started a Support Group about 4 years ago at a local rehab hospital which speaks to those who have just acquired their brain Injury and go once a month. I always feel uplifted and positive after these meetings. These people do not even know what questions they have yet but I can tell after the meeting that we have instilled a little bit of hope and encouragement to them.

Karl also leads another support group in McKinney twice a month that he and another member stated more than 5 years ago. One of these meetings is just them getting together playing Rummikub and socializing, which sometimes is all that is needed.

 

Sharan L. Schwartzberg, an occupational therapist, conducted a study to discover the benefits provided by head injury support groups. Upon the completion of her research, she reported that head injury support groups provide opportunities for the fulfilment of the following needs:

 

  1. At times a group of allows for expressions of anger, frustration, or disappointment about experiences. Laughter may replace the frustration when other group members share similar situations & mishaps. Therefore, grieving & laughing about daily situations with others, who can relate, offers a stress relief.
  2. Each group member seems to understand the frustration and amount of energy used as one works to develop acceptance of limitations and compensatory strategies. This understanding and support can provide hope and encouragement as a survivor strives to develop satisfaction with life. The support from the group seems to promote the survival of the survivor.
  3. The reality of challenges faced by head injury survivors is often reinforced as the group members give, receive, and discuss practical solutions to problems. Frequently another member of the group who has struggled with a similar situation can offer alternate solutions. Although one member’s solution may not work for another member, it may stimulate the investigation of other methods that had not been considered.

 

 

Support Groups led by BIND members:

Plano: Meets every 1st Friday at 2:00 pm

Accel Rehabilitation Hospital

2301 Marsh Lane

Plano, TX 75093
972-695-6495

 

Plano: Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:-9:PM

GreyMatters

HealthSouth Plano Rehabilitation Hospital

2800 West 15th St.

Plano, TX 75075

Upon arrival, please check with the receptionist for the exact location within the building.

http://www.greymatters.us/Meetings/default.html

McKinney: Meets every 3rd Friday from Noon to 2 pm AND every 1st Tuesday 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Stonebridge United Methodist Church

1800 S. Stonebridge Drive

Bring your own meal
940-206-2069

 

Email members@thebind.org for a complete listing of all DFW area support groups that we are aware of.