The holidays are right around the corner! Here is the holiday closure schedule for our BEST Space, the Superhero Shoppe and our offices.
Join BEST for an online art project!
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.
Each person in the brain injury community has their own unique form of personal empowerment.
That’s why at BEST, we help people, who have a canvas at the ready, with the tools, strategies and resources to help them tap into their own kind of creativity and empowerment that works best for them.
Add that to the exciting idea of the power of being an actual artist.
We see our community as Empowerment Artists, and there is no such thing as failure.
We’ve already begun with success by being (empowerment) artists already.
Together, let’s make beautiful and important empowerment art on our journey forward after brain injury.
Here’s your chance to practice the artistry of sharing your care, along with supporting others on their empowerment journey.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.
Our theme? The Art of Empowerment.
Our goal is to raise $5K to fund the learning materials for online and in person educational opportunities and special events to help empowerment artists practice their craft.
Donations of any amount help.
While you are invited to contribute on Giving Tuesday itself, you may make a secure and fast online donation right now by clicking here.
You are also welcome to send a check by mail to:
Brain Energy Support Team (BEST)
3800A Bridgeport Way W. #393
University Place, WA 98466
Thank you for being a generosity artist! We appreciate YOU for your time and interest.
Would you like to some BEST artists in our community? Learn all about them and a special BEST art installation at the Tacoma Art Museum this fall.
P.S. Read on for more information on how to take your support to the next level through Giving Tuesday this holiday season!
Join BEST for an online art project!
BEST Artist and volunteer, Justin Thompson, contributed a special piece of art to the BEST community art installation, Superhero, at the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM).
His untitled work of acrylics on canvas shown below, was intended to to symbolize and honor brain injury survivors who are veterans, along with their families.
Thank you, Justin, for sharing your art with BEST and the community.
We would like to extend our thoughts, BEST wishes and thanks to all veterans and their families, today and every day.
(Editor’s note: For many of us with brain injury, certain outings, like concerts, don’t work very well; however, sometimes, the things you think WON’T work, DO. This is the case for writer and brain injury survivor, Isaac Peterson, at a recent concert event. Check it out! KT)
I knew a traumatic brain injury (TBI) comes with some surprises, but I sure didn’t see this one coming.
Isaac Peterson grew up on an Air Force base near Cheyenne, Wyoming. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, he embarked on a career as an award-winning investigative journalist and as a semi-professional musician in the Twin Cities, the place he called home on and off for 35 years. He also doesn’t mind it at all if someone offers to pick up his restaurant tab. Peterson also welcomes reader comments. Email him at email@example.com.
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.
Our donors and supporters are the BEST.
Now, through the Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday) event (which is the international celebration and day of giving back to causes you care about, on Tuesday, December 3, 2019), BESTies can take their giving stories for BEST to the next level!
Introducing the #MyGivingStory event! BESTies can share their stories on why they give back to the Brain Energy Support Team and the brain injury community. By sharing your stories, and getting votes, you can possibly win $10k for our organization. More importantly, you can share your care for BEST with the world!
That’s ALL pretty SUPER!
You can also be eligible for other smaller (but no less important) prizes, too.
How you enter #MyGivingStory is noted below.
Enjoy and thank you for sharing your stories. You are the BEST!
Rather make a donation instead? Fantastic! Click here to donate online or mail your check to this address:
The Brain Energy Support Team
3800A Bridgeport Way W. #393
University Place, WA 98466
From the #MyGivingStory website:
Entering #MyGivingStory is as easy as 1, 2, 3…
- Write or Record Your #MyGivingStory. Think of a story, experience, or person that inspired you to give.
- Post Your Story.
- Share Your Story on Social Media. The more votes you get, the better your chances of winning.
Entries will be accepted through December 3rd, which is Giving Tuesday. Remember, the earlier you enter, the more time you have to get votes and the more chances you have to win sweepstakes prizes—including a daily drawing for a custom Giving Tuesday beanie and twice weekly drawings to designate $500 for your favorite nonprofit organization.
Every act of giving has a story. What’s yours?