Traumatic brain injury affects different people in different degrees, but everyone with TBI experiences similar emotions.  Dealing with TBI is challenging for both the patient and his or her family, but sharing your experiences with people who have had similar experiences can help.  TBI support groups provide the opportunity to make friends and learn more about TBI.

Different TBI support groups have different focuses, so check out several, if possible, to see which one best meets your needs.  Some TBI support groups emphasize learning about TBI, while others emphasize offering adaptive recreational opportunities for TBI patients.  Some groups have meetings for patients and separate meetings for caregivers and family members, while others invite any one interested in TBI to the same meeting. 

We have tried to make the following list as complete as possible Since support groups change or disband without warning we advise you to call before traveling to the group’s meeting place for the first time.

If you cannot find a support group in your area, you may want to start your own.  The Brain Injury Association of Louisiana can provide helpful information on starting your own support group: http://www.biala.org/

 

Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Head Injury Support Group

 

PO Box 82971
Baton Rouge, LA 70808-2971

This group meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m.

Meeting place:

Greenwell Springs Library
11300 Greenwell Springs Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA.  225-274-4440.

Contact:

William Moak 225-978-3990, 225-931-4741

Website: http://www.brhia.org

Houma / Thibodeaux:
 

Brain Injury Education Support Group

(Note: this group may no longer be active.  Please call for information)

Rehabilitation Center of Thibodeaux Regional
290 Bowie Rd.
Thibodeaux, LA 70301

Contact:

Annemarie B. Clancy M.A., CCC-SLP, CBIT  985-435-4811

Website: http://ww.thiboadaux.com 

 

Lafayette

 
TBI Support Group Support

This group meets on the third Tuesday of every month from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Meeting place:

Acadiana Brain Injury Facility
101 Guillot Rd.
Youngsville, LA 70592

Contact:

Margearet Seidl 337- 856-1964 or 877- 852-1964

Website: http://abicenter.com/index.html
 

Shreveport area

 

NW Louisiana Brain Injury Support Group

This group is for survivors of brain injury ,their family and friends, and medical professionals.  This group meets twice a month at two different locations. 

Meeting places:

Cornerstone Hospital (formerly Summit Hospital)
4900 Medical Drive
Bossier City, Louisiana
318-934-0533
First Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m.

St. Luke's United Methodist Church,
6012 Youree Dr.
Shreveport, Louisiana
318-934-0533
Third Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m.

Contacts:

Kathy Geyer at 318-798-8155
Ron Newkirk at 318-949-2680
Connie Pope at 318-925-9945
 

Stroke Survivors & Caregivers Support Group

This group is for survivors of strokes, their families and friends, and  medical professionals.

Meeting place:

Lagniappe Hospital
1800 Irving Place, #100
Shreveport, LA 71101
2nd floor Conference Room

Contact:

318-934-0533 (call for date and time)

Website: http://universityneurosurgery.com

 

New Orleans Area

Acquired Brain Injury Survivors of Southeast Louisiana (ABIS)

This group meets from 1 to 4 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month.

Meeting place:

The Rosedale Branch of the Jefferson
Parish Library
4036 Jefferson Hwy.
Jefferson, LA

Contact:

504-831-6756

Website: http://abigroup.homestead.com
 

Brain Injury Support Group

Please call for more information

Meeting place:

West Jefferson Medical Center
4th Floor Patient Rehabilitation
1101 Medical Center Blvd.
Marrero, LA 70072-3147

Contact: 

504-349-1343

Website: http://www.wjmc.org
 

The Friedler Cancer Counseling Center's Brain Tumor Survivors' Support Group

This group meets every other Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Meeting place:

Tulane Cancer Center Comprehensive Clinic room PS13
150 So.  Liberty St., New Orleans, LA 70112-2699
to register please call the office of The Professionals, 800-588-5800

Contact:

Mary Coniglio 504-988-2120

Website: http://www.som.tulane.edu/cancer/campus.html#ambulatory

 

Touro Rehabilitation Center at Touro Infirmary Neuro Support Group

This group meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m.

Meeting place:

Touro Rehabilitation Center at Touro Infirmary
Conference Room on Nursing Unit M6
1401 Foucher Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115

Contact:

Janet Clark 504-897-8345

Website: http://www.touro.com/content/braininjury.htm