Why Join a Support Group?
Anyone who has experienced a brain injury, either their own or that of a friend or loved one, understands the worry, confusion, and stress it creates. Support groups provide a chance to learn from others who have been living with brain injury, share your own experiences, and give and get encouragement from those who really understand.
The Brain Injury Association of Nebraska can help link persons with brain injury and their loved ones to self-directed, voluntary support groups. Support groups can provide a number of benefits and provide the following key results:
- Emotional healing comes when people interact with other people.
- Sharing of similar experiences helps members feel less alone and more ready to deal with day to day issues.
- Encouragement comes from learning about how others have conquered situations similar to theirs.
- Contribution helps support group members feel meaningful.
- Education results from the exposure to information and personal experiences in a group.
- Socialization occurs when connections with people are made and confidence in social skills develops when appropriate interaction occurs in support groups.
- Self-expression, as emotions are experienced and released, creates a greater understanding of oneself.
- Confidence building results as members take responsibility for the work of the group, and see progress with the plans they made.
- Safety, in the environment of a confidential, supportive, non-judgmental group, allows for honest disclosure and sharing of common difficulties.
- A sense of growth occurs as long-term members see new participants and reminisce about where they began and how far they have come in their personal journey.
Below is the list of support groups throughout the state of Nebraska. We suggest you call the support group contact before you attend a meeting for the first time, or if you have not attended recently to ensure the schedule has not changed.