Traumatic brain injury survivors face a variety of different issues. Everyone with TBI has different challenges which depend on the severity of their injury; however, other people undergoing similar challenges 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 several support groups offer help to people with any form of physical disability. 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 Minnesota 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 TBI support group, you may want to consider starting your own.  The Brain Injury Association of Minnesota can provide information on starting your own group:
www.braininjurymn.org
1-800-669-6442
612-378-2742
 

Brainerd

 

Brain Injury Support Group

This group meets on the last Wednesday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The purpose of these meetings is to share stories of living with a brain injury. They are for people with a brain injury, and their families, and friends. The meetings are open for all to attend. Coffee and cookies are provided and there is no fee to attend. No appointments necessary to attend. Please call if you have any questions. 

Meeting place:

The Lighthouse
704 Norwood Street
Brainerd, Minnesota

Contacts:

Meredith at (218) 829-4492
Russ at (218) 763-3760.
 

Minneapolis

 

TBI Support Group

Please call for more information.

Meeting place:

Mercy Hospital
4050 Coon Rapids Blvd NW
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55433-2522

Contact:

(763) 236-8910
 

TBI Support Group

Please call for more information.

Meeting place:

Abbott Northwestern Hospital
800 East 28th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
(612) 863-4996
 

TBI/Stroke Support Group

This group is for individuals who have suffered a stroke or other type of brain injury. It meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Meeting place:

Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital (Creekview Room)
6500 Excelsior Boulevard
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55426

Contact:

(952) 993-6789
 

Stillwater

 

Brain Injury Support Group Stillwater

A support group for brain injury survivors meets the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Conference Room at Courage Center St. Croix in Stillwater. The group is led by Mike Strand, a volunteer with the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota and a volunteer with Courage Center. 

Meeting place:

Courage Center St. Croix
1460 Curve Crest Blvd.
Stillwater, Minnesota 55082
Phone: (651) 439-8283

Contact: 
Shannon Sagerstrom
Social Service, Courage Center St. Croix
     

Willmar

 

West Central Minnesota Brain Injury Support Group

This group is for people living with a brain injury and for their family, friends, and caregivers. It meets on the last Monday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The meetings are structured so that the group meets as a whole for the first part of the meeting and then separates into a group for survivors and a group for family, friends, and caregivers.

Meeting place:

West Central Industries Job Link
1300 22nd Street SW
Willmar, Minnesota 56201

Alisa Savelkoul at (320) 235-5310 or Laura Albert at (320) 235-8786
Web: www.ricehospital.com
E-mail: alisa@wciservices.org