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It was a dark, chilly night in Chatteroy, Washington, just outside of Spokane.
While there were frights (and delights!) in the night at the Hillbilly Haunted House holiday event, BEST was on hand to greet event patrons with some delights (no frights!) of their own.
We had a fun and “spirited” time talking with folks and providing resources and goodies. Thank you to those who stopped by our BEST booth. We enjoyed seeing you! And a special thanks to event organizers at the Hillbilly Haunted House for having us.
BEST Wishes for a safe and happy Halloween!
🎃Spokane, WA: It was a spirited weekend of holiday festivities at the Hillbilly Haunted House in Chatteroy, WA, and the team at BEST was on hand to join the fun and meet the community. We’ll be back this weekend, so if your heading to the event, stop by and say hello!
Sharing. Caring. Community.
All three of those elements were in full effect at Valleyfest, the iconic community festival, 30 years strong, in Spokane Valley.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) was thrilled and honored to participate in the recent festival held over the last weekend to share brain injury awareness and resources with the community.
The festival made quite an impact on the BEST team.
“As I walked around Valleyfest, there was a strong sense of community,” says Nick Mehrnoosh, BEST Board President . “The various vendors were engaged in casual conversation among themselves and other members of the community, sharing their goods and laughing with one another. This sense of community is the reason why myself and the others decided to participate in this annual event. Spreading awareness and education of brain injury must begin at the community-level, with the people that need it the most.”
Mehrnoosh continues, “Valleyfest reinforced the idea for all of us that we want to put the community first, above all else. Supporting people living with a brain injury and their loved ones in the pursuit of the notion that we want to leave the community better than we found it.”
At the BEST table, superheroes were the 2019 festival theme.
“I was beyond proud to watch the BEST staff and volunteers engage with the community, talking about impact of brain injury and making those vital personal connections,” shares Mehrnoosh.
“Our volunteers also ran a children’s activity, where they helped children create superhero masks and imparted the message that they can be their own superhero.”
BEST would like to thank the organizers of Valleyfest and the Spokane Valley community for a terrific and memorable experience.
Join us for as we host a speakers’ panel of experts to discuss the dynamic interactions between brain injury and mental health. Topics may include, but not limited to, community re-integration following an injury, the relationship between anxiety and depression on cognitive functioning, and structuring life to optimize success following a brain injury. The panel will also touch on the risks of suicidal ideation, addiction, homelessness and the importance of self-perception in finding your path after a brain injury.
The overlap between brain injury and adverse mental health can be extensive. While a brain injury can be an entirely separate issue, it may also exacerbate pre-existing mental health issues or instigate the development of new mental health conditions. Thus, a deeper understanding of these interactions might be useful to improving quality of life following a brain injury.
The event will begin at 5:00 PM, with the panel lecture starting promptly at 6:00 PM. Refreshments and opportunities to connect with various local resources, services, and other members of the community will be available.
The event is FREE and Open to the Public.
The Northwest Brain Injury Symposium lecture series is supported by the Spokane Public Library, Brain Energy Support Team, Governor’s TBI Council of Washington, and Eastern Washington University – CSS.
Finding Your Path: Brain Injury and Mental Health
Location: Spokane Public Library – Downtown
Date: November 5th, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM till 8:00 PM, Panel Lecture @ 5:45 PM
Resource Fair: Begins at 5:00 PM
RVSP at nwbis.eventbrite.com
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
A brain injury support group serves as an important resource and lifeline for many people.
Why are support groups important? Here are three ways:
In Washington State, we have a robust support group community throughout our state; our support groups are at the ready to share their care, give a hand up to each other, and create a solid community of engagement, involvement and conversations.
Today, we shine the spotlight on the Spokane area, the second largest city in Washington State and the busy hub of Eastern Washington.
Here are just a couple of the support group options in this area. Check it out below.
Brain Injury Brunch Club
Second Saturday of the month, 11:00 AM till 12:15 PM
Frankie Doodles Restaurant – Conference Room
30 E 3rd Ave, Spokane, WA 99202
Contact: Nicholas Mehrnoosh Email: email@example.com
Support Group Facilitator: Nicholas Mehrnoosh
Description: The Brain Injury Brunch Club is a peer support group based in Spokane, Washington. The purpose of the group is to foster peer relationships and improve social skills for individuals living with a brain injury. The group engages in discussions and table topic activities. Any food or beverages ordered during the group session is paid for by the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST). The group is administered by a Certified Support Group Facilitator that encourages a safe and inclusive environment.
Brain Injury Community Support Group
Fourth Monday of the month, 6:30 PM till 8:00 PM
MultiCare Valley Hospital – Education Center, Davis Room
12606 E Mission Ave, Spokane, WA 99216
Contact: Marysa Rogozynski Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Group Facilitator: Marysa Rogozynski
Description: The Brain Injury Community Support Group provides tools and resources necessary for personal growth after a brain injury. The group utilizes the Identity & Moving-On after TBI curriculum, developed by Dr. Wayne Gordon at Mount Sinai Hospital and administered by the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST). Group members work to create a map of their goals and desires that are built upon their strengths and interests, in order to begin developing a Personal Futures Plan. The group is administered by a Certified Support Group Facilitator and meets on a monthly basis. Individuals of all ages are welcomed to attend.
Looking for additional support group options? Seeking a support group in other areas of Washington State? Click here to find a support group near you.