People with traumatic brain injury suffer a variety of challenges depending on the degree and extent of their injury. 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. There a few groups solely for people with mild TBI.
We have tried to make the following list of TBI support groups in Arizona 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 group in your area, you may wish to start one. Information about starting your own TBI support group can be can be obtained from the Brain Injury Association of Arizona: http://www.biaaz.org
VOICE Support Group
The goal of VOICE is to give people with disabilities an opportunity to voice their opinions as consumers and citizens. The group is open to people with any disability, as well as their families, caregivers; medical professionals and social workers are also welcome. Meetings are currently held on the second Tuesday of the month, from 2 to 4:00 p.m.
Glendale Main Library
5959 W Brown St Glendale, AZ
Clayton Guffey, 602-789-9129 ext. 207
TBI Support Group for the Spanish Speaking (Grupo del apoyo en Español)
This group meets on the second Saturday of each month. Call for time and more details.
Gentiva Rehab w/o Walls
7227 N 16th St., #107
Diane White 602-943-1012
TBI Caregivers Support Group
This group for the caregivers of TBI patients meets at the Central Adult Day Center. Call for more details.
Central Adult Day Center
3118 N. 7th Ave.
Lois van Halle 602-672-9234
TBI Survivor Support Group
This group meets on the second Monday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Meeting time and place is subject to change. Special events may take the place of the meeting during June, July, and August. Call for details.
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Dining Rooms a & B (adjacent to cafeteria)
350 W. Thomas Rd.
Carolyn Mitchell, Social Services, 602-406-3333 on Monday’s and Tuesday’s
Mild Head Injury Survivor Group (Brainstorm Brain Injury Group)
This group is dedicated to offering support to survivors of mild traumatic brain injury and their families. Anyone wanting to learn more about mild TBI is also welcome. The group meets twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays. Arrive by 5:30 p.m. to socialize; the meeting is held from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Westwind Academy Charter School
2045 W. Northern Ave.
Laura Kuhn, 602-403-9998
Mild Brain Injury Support Group
This group for survivors with mild brain injury meets twice a month on the second and fourth Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Call for more details.
AZ Institute for Communication & Cognitive Disorders
4545 N. 36th St., Suite 125A
Phoenix, Arizona 85018
Mary Jane Trunzo, 602-224-0202 firstname.lastname@example.org
TBIG Activity Group
Traumatic Brain Injury Group – Sponsored by the City of Phoenix
This group, sponsored by the City of Phoenix offers weekly recreational activities for TBI survivors. The group meets each Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Devonshire Senior Center
2802 E. Devonshire Ave.
Contact: Liz Curran
Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury
This group for TBI survivors and their families meets on the last Thursday of the month from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Childcare is provided. Additional meetings are sometimes held.
Southwest Artist Guild
228 N. Alarcon
Jack Suderman 928-772-2985
COMPASS Support Group
This group is for people with any type of physical disability. It meets on the third Friday of the month from 2 to 4:00 p.m.
Scottsdale Senior Center,
7375 E. 2nd St., Bldg. 2, Rm. 5
Randy Werner 602-439-0121
Carondelet Mild Brain Injury Support Group
This group for people with mild brain injury meets every month except July. Meetings are on the fourth Thursday of the month from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
St. Joseph’s Hospital, 4th Floor
Rehab Conference Room
350 N. Wilmot, next to Eye Center
Karen Edman, 520-873-3881
Tucson Brain Injury Advocacy Panel
This group, which advocates for the brain injured, meets every Monday at 10:30 a.m. Call for details.
Meira Yaer, RN, MA, 520-825-0896
Yuma TBI Support Group
This group meets on the last Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m.
Yuma Rehab Hospital
Danielle Puentedura, 928-726-7466