Finding Support in the Brain Injury Community

Often meeting other people who have lived that same experience and have experienced that sense of loss and have been through that journey, can be very comforting. Because then it helps to reduce that sense of isolation, that they're not alone. "Someone knows how I feel." "Someone knows how it feels to lose myself and to have to rebuild my identity." So it could be through one-on-one peer mentoring, peer links, or, if the person is comfortable, to link them with support groups where they can meet others and share in their experience of loss and get some ideas on how other people have dealt with it.

This marriage and family therapist talks about common issues after TBI.

Posted on BrainLine April 29, 2009. Reviewed January 16, 2018.

About the author: Caron Gan, RN

Caron Gan is an Advanced Practice Nurse, Registered Psychotherapist, and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist with the Ontario and American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She has worked with clients with brain injury, providing psychotherapeutic intervention to youth, adults, couples, and families.

Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough and Brian King.

Comments (6)

Was just looking for maybe a small support group in my area to talk with because it has been a while after my TBI, but just maybe talking to people who understand more than most might help with my depression. Maybe help me think of a direction to head in.

Looking for support group in the Cleveland, Seven Hills, ohio area

I am 21 and looking for a support group for people around my age or any age really that have had a TBI that is close to my location

Can you give any information for reputable support groups for adult women in Michigan?

I am looking for a speech therapist and support group for a 27 year old who suffered a TBI 5 years ago.

We live in San Jose, California, our zip code is 95125.

Hi Kathy, Have you tried any of the San Jose groups listed on BIA CA's website?