A brain injury dramatically impacts both an individual and their family. Whether it’s for the short term or for a lifetime a brain injury changes our lives in both visible and invisible ways. Signs often include emotional, behavioral, physical, cognitive and social dysfunction. Even those who get the best medical care and therapy after an incident are often confused and frustrated about how to create strategies to do more than just survive.
The facts can be overwhelming …
- Approximately 2 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury every year.
- Of those between 80,000 and 90,000 wind up with additional disabilities.
- Over 3 million people who have incurred a TBI are currently living with the effects of resulting physical and cognitive challenges.
In 2008 a group of survivors, family, caregivers, and medical professionals came together because we recognized there are fundamental services missing from the traditional, and accepted, protocol of treating those with brain injury. We wanted to take control of our treatments, our recovery, and our lives. It is our belief that we know best.
From the commitment of those few people in 2008, and those on our team today, we have grown into a nationally recognized organization for our training, support group development, peer mentoring, and public awareness.
The education and peer support BEST offers help participants live quality lives, define their interests and build on their strengths. Meaningful work, relationships, and independent living to the extent that fulfills us is all part of how we define personal success.
What does BEST do?
The Brain Energy Support Team is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2008. BEST provides PEER support, advocacy, and education. BEST distinguishes itself from other brain injury organizations in that the leadership, services, and programs are built by and for individuals with brain injury and their families.
- Support Groups – is a two-fold program focusing on (1) providing a comprehensive infrastructure network that offers training, technical assistance, and resources for support group facilitators, and (2) resources and support for the development and sustainability of support groups and their participants.
- Project PEER – offers “Personal Empowerment through Education and Resources” as a holistic approach to empowering individuals with brain injury through specialized futures planning, skills training, and peer mentoring to achieve personal success.
- Education & Outreach – provides resources, presentations, workshops, and training built on best practices. Our education approach and content is developed by professionals with brain injuries for individuals with a brain injury and their families, caregivers, professionals, paraprofessionals, legislators, and the general public