Traumatic brain injury survivors face a variety of different issues. While everyone with TBI has different challenges, depending on the severity of their injury, other people with TBI can best understand the problems you are facing. TBI support groups provide the emotional support TBI patients and their families need to tackle the obstacles of living with a traumatic brain injury. Support groups are a wonderful way to make new friends and to learn about TBI.

Different TBI support groups focus on different aspects of coping with TBI. For example, some groups offer special separate meetings for the family members and caregivers of TBI patients, while other groups have one meeting for both the TBI patient and his or her family. Some groups focus on helping new TBI patients adjust to their new lifestyle, while other groups focus on offering adaptive recreational activities for people with TBI. Some support groups offer support for people with either TBI or SCI and other groups offer help to people with any form of physical disability. Some groups are for veterans suffering from a TBI acquired in combat. It is a good idea to check out several groups before deciding which one to join; some people find it helpful to belong to more than one group.

We have tried to make the following list of TBI support groups in Colorado as complete as possible. Since groups change meeting places and meeting times and may disband without notice, we advise you to call ahead before visiting a group’s meeting place for the first time.

If you cannot find a support group in your area, you may consider starting one. Helpful information on starting a support group is offered by the Brain Injury Association of Colorado: http://www.biacolorado.org/


Aurora

TBI Support Group

This group for survivors, family members and other interested parties meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Meeting place:

Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, 1st Floor
900 Potomac
Aurora, Colorado

Contacts:

Jen McCloskey 303-363-5346


Aurora-Children and Parents TBI Support Group

This is a special group for parents dealing with a child with TBI. Families meet together and support each other. The child with TBI, the parents, and the child’s siblings are all encouraged to attend. The group meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Meeting place

Children's Hospital
13123 East 16th Avenue

Facilitator: Dr. Javier Negron 720-777-3901

Boulder

TBI Support Group

This group for adult survivors, their family members, friends, caregivers, and any one interested in TBI meets twice a month on the first and third Thursdays. The first meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. and is a general support and information meeting. The second meeting is a pizza night for socializing and it begins at 6:30 p.m.

Meeting place (general meeting):

Center for People with Disabilities
1675 Range Street

Pizza Night:

Abo’s Pizza- Table Mesa Shopping Center

Contacts:

Chris Carter 720-352-0465
Duncan Larsen 303-666-8206
Jeannie Frazzel 303-438-9895

Brush

TBI Support Group

This group is for survivors and their family members. Please call for location, dates and times.

Contact:

Elaine Prascher 970-842-4270

Canon City / Florence

TBI Support Group

This group meets the second Tuesday of the month from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Please call for details.

Meeting place:

Wellness Therapy Center
119 S. Pikes Peak, Florence, CO

Contact:

Carolyn Simonson 719-269-8266

Colorado Springs

TBI Support Group

This group for adult survivors, their family and friends meets from August to May on the third Thursday of the month, from 6:00-7:30p.m.

Meeting place:

Penrose Hospital, Cancer Conference Rooms B&C
2222 North Nevada Avenue

Contacts:

Sally Layton 719-596-3710
Dennis Friesth 719-574-0089, Gerald Riley 719-596-5898


Headway TBI Support Group

This group for adult survivors, family members, and friends meets every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m-1:00 p.m.

Meeting place:

Fargo’s
2910 E. Platte Ave.
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Contact:

Debbie Carnes 719-548-9790

Colorado Springs– Military Spouses Group

This group offers a special place for military spouses to share their experiences while helping their spouse recover from a service-related TBI. It meets on the fourth
Thursday of the month from 7:00p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Meeting place:

Cognogenesis BRRAIN (Brain-injury Resource Research Advocacy and Integration Network) Center
1259 Lake Plaza Dr. Suite 130
Colorado Springs, Co 80906

Contact:

Meghan Palmer 719-375-1926


Denver

Family Members of TBI Survivors Support Group

This group for family members and caregivers meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 10:00 a.m.

Meeting place:

Racine’s
650 Sherman Street
Denver, Colorado

Contacts:

Kaye Teti 303-438-6905
Fern Bechtel 720-283-2897


Mild Brain Injury Support Group

Since the problems faced by people with mild brain injury are somewhat different than those faced by people with more severe injuries this group offers a special place for those with mild TBI to share their experiences. Adult survivors and family members are welcome. The group meets on the second Monday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting place:

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
915 East 9th Avenue
Denver, Colorado

Contacts:

Cathy Blake 303-464-9803
Ralf Denger 720-883-6648

Denver– North Metro TBI Support Group

This group for adult survivors and their family members meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Please call for more information.

Meeting place:

North Valley Rehabilitation Hospital
8451 Pearl Street

Contacts:

Crystal Medina 303-819-9112
Bill Jackson 303-278-9703

Durango

TBI Support Group

This group for survivors, family members and supporters meets on the second

Wednesday of the month from 1 to 2 p.m. and on the fourth Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m.

Southwest Center for Independence (Conference Room)
835 East 2nd Avenue
Durango, Colorado

Contacts:

Sharon Mehesy 970-259-1672 ext. 2

Glenwood Springs

TBI Support Group

This group is for survivors, family members and friends. Please call for location, dates and times.

Contact:

Carrie Fell Miller 970-945-8349

Greeley

Family TBI Support Group

This group for adult survivors and family members meets on the first Saturday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Meeting place:

The Golden Corral
3025 23rd Avenue
Greeley, Colorado

Contact:

Michelle Sauder 970-330-5326


Moving Forward Support Group

This group meets every Monday at 6:00 p.m. Please call for more information.

Meeting place:

Stephens Far
2774 Reservoir Road
Greeley, Colorado

Contacts:

Cheryl Castoulis 970-506-0008
Deanna Van Wagner

Highlands Ranch

TBI Support Group

This group for survivors, family members, and others meets on the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Meeting place:

St. Andrew United Methodist Church
3350 White Bay Drive
Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Contacts:

Della Krochta 303-949-1017
Jan Herodes 303-933-7417

Longmont

TBI Support Group

This group for survivors, family members, and supporters meets on the second Thursday of the month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Meeting place:

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
2345 Bent Way (Call for December location)
Longmont, Colorado

Contacts:

Scott Sabella 970-351-1321 scott.sabella@unco.edu
Mary Anne Lessley 720-494-8973
maryanne@creative-organizing.com

Longmont– Family of TBI Survivors Support Group

This group for family members, caregivers & supporters meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of the month from September to May (except Dec.). Call for location, to confirm meeting and for telephone support.

Contacts:

Ruth Eastman 303-652-3097
Mary Anne Lessley 720-494-8973

Longmont– Lunch Break TBI Support Group

This group is for survivors, family members and supporters. Call for monthly date, location and to confirm meeting

Contact:

Janis Johnson 970-532-5445

Otero County

TBI Support Group

This group for adult survivors and family members meets on the third Thursday of the month from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Meeting place:

Washington Avenue Baptist Church
Rocky Ford, Colorado

Contact:

Desarenay and George Pfaff 719-254-7631

Pueblo

TBI Support Group

This group for adult survivors and others meets second Wednesday of the month. Dinner is at 5:00 and the meeting is from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Meeting place:

Parkview Hospital, North Annex Sierra Room
400 West 17th Street
Pueblo, Colorado

Contacts:

Jim Evans 719-520-1102
Ken Kauffman 719-423-9227

TBI Spousal Support Group (Fort Carson)

This group for spouses of people dealing with TBI from a military-service-related injury meets on the last Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Call for details.

Meeting place:

SFAC (Soldier and Family Assistance Center) on Fort Carson
1839 O'Connell Blvd
(Building 1039)
Fort Carson, Colorado 80913

Contact:

Meghan Palmer 719-375-1926

Sterling

TBI/Stroke Support Group

This group for survivors of brain injury or stroke meets on the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m.

Meeting place:

Sterling Regional Medical Center, Rehab Conference Room
615 Fairhurst St
Sterling, Colorado

Contact:

Judy Houser 970-522-0402

Western Slope

TBI Support Group

This group for adult survivors, family members and friends meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Meeting place:

Ratican Tower
875 Main Street
Grand Junction, Colorado

Contact:

Bill Queen 970-255-1694
Drene Stevens 970-361-5495