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:
Support Groups led by BIND members:
Plano: Meets every 1st Friday at 2:00 pm
Accel Rehabilitation Hospital
2301 Marsh Lane
Plano, TX 75093
Plano: Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:-9:PM
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.
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
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a complete listing of all DFW area support groups that we are aware of.