The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) has just witnessed the most beautiful art of sharing and caring.
Thank you for helping to support the empowerment artists of the brain injury community and their families.
With your generous help, you are providing the support for more learning materials and educational opportunities to tap into creative tools, resources and strategies for brain injury survivors to live the BEST lives possible after brain injury.
You put the “giving” in Giving Tuesday yesterday, the international day of giving back to causes that make a difference in the lives of others.
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Donations of any amount are welcomed and greatly appreciated.
As we reflect on 2019, the art of living our BEST lives possible in beautiful color and texture was evident.
Through our large support group network in Washington State; Our BEST Space activities, educational opportunities and events; widely attended educational symposiums; the Washington State TBI Conference; Brain Injury Awareness Month; camping; picnics; barbecues; the Tacoma Art Museum, TAM Local Community Art Installation: “Superhero” show featuring BEST artists; Second Life online support and activities; and BEST community outreach, the art of sharing our care and supporting each other was nothing short of magical.
Looking forward to the new brushstrokes of 2020. Thanks for making 2019 so special.
Mental health is critical to overall well-being.
More and more, the stigmas around mental health are being reduced, and more open, honest and important conversations are being had around the topic.
On the evening of Tuesday, November 5, 2019, in Spokane, Washington at the downtown Spokane Public Library, the community came together to talk, listen and learn about traumatic brain injury (TBI) and mental health. Panel experts, resources, strategies and tools were provided on this informative and engaging event.
There were over 100 people were in attendance, while many more served as panelists, exhibitors, BEST team members, and volunteers.
For event organizer, BEST’s Nick Mehrnoosh, he was personally touched by the connections and support during the event.
“One of the many wonderful things about the symposium, is witnessing the engagement from the community,” says Mehrnoosh. “Sitting back and watching the event unfold, it was heartwarming to see people connecting with one another on various issues. Whether it was with regards to brain injury or mental health, the attendees were connecting with one another on a meaningful level.
While the panel discussion is the focus of these smaller symposiums, this time, the panel itself was specifically impactful for the audience. It was evident that members of the audience were on the edge of their seats, just waiting for a chance to gain some insight into the complexities that surround brain injury and mental health. Moreover, their questions towards the end of the panel discussion were more than just technical, they were deeply personal.”
Mehrnoosh also was struck by the notes of support and encouragement the brain injury community received.
“One individual, a brain injury survivor, told their story of struggling to balance their brain injury with the rigors of completing their Master’s in Social Work. The panelists did more than just answer the question, they took the time to provide encouragement, both during the panel and afterwards.”
Mehrnoosh, along with the rest of the BEST Team and volunteers, are deeply passionate about these symposiums.
“The whole reason we create and facilitate these symposiums is foster deeper connections within our community,” shares Mehrnoosh. “We passionately believe that lives can be changed through education, and we look forward to witnessing the symposium grow, with each passing event.”
We would like to thank the event panelists: Jonathan Anderson PhD from EWU College of Social Sciences, Frank Jackson DO from St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Brian Shute PhD from Inland Speech Pathology & Therapeutics, and Amanda Salisbury MSW from Trauma Informed Therapies. You all provided outstanding insight into the intersection of brain injury and mental health. Thank you!
We also want to thank the resource exhibitors at last Tuesday’s event. The information about your organizations and your role as medical providers, caregivers, community support systems, and much more is beyond appreciated! Thank you, Brain Injury Alliance of Washington, Spokane Chapter, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Kingfisher TMS, and Governor’s TBI Council of Washington.
Stay tuned for information about upcoming information about 2020 symposiums.
Save the date: Next Thursday, November 14, 2019, BEST Artists Diane Rasch of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity, Robin Spicuzza, and Erin Thompson, along with BEST Communications Manager, Kim Thompson, will be at the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) from 5 pm to 8 pm in the Cheney room on the third floor, the home of the Superhero show, our community art installation!
Diane will be sharing a superhero make and take art project with the public during this time. We’d love to have you stop by, see the art, make some art,and answer any questions you have about BEST.
Even better: during those very hours, the ENTIRE museum is FREE to the general public, so come explore all that TAM has to offer!
Hope to see you there! P.S. Can’t make it November 14th? No worries! BEST will be back on Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 5 pm to 8 pm.
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!
Superheroes came together at the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) for an evening of art, artists, celebration and honoring the brain injury community of Washington State.
Here are our favorite photos from the opening night reception of the Superhero show at the museum in the video below.
BEST would like to give special thanks to our BEST superhero artists for their amazing work, our BEST friend TAM for their support and encouragement, the BEST Team for their super-powered work on the show, and the community that came out to enjoy the celebration.
If you were unable to attend the reception, on worries!
Our show will be available to view at the museum through December 26, 2019. The best time to visit the museum is on Thursday evenings from 5 pm to 8 pm. The museum is free to all visitors Thursday evenings so you can enjoy the entire museum at no cost.
Finally, we’d like to thank and honor the real-life superheroes of the brain injury community in Washington State. You are the BEST!