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 of TBI support groups in Vermont as complete as possible. Many of the groups in Vermont are sponsored by the Brain Association of Vermont. We have also includes some groups in neighboring Massachusetts and New Hampshire. 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 group in your area, you may wish to start one.
For information on Brain Injury support groups in Vermont please call the Brain Injury Association of Vermont at 1-877-856-1772. Information is also available on the website at http://www.biavt.org