We understand and appreciate the value of peer support because of our personal relationship with brain injury.
Since 2008 we have helped thousands of people across Washington State connect with each other to get the support and resources they need to improve the lives of those with brain injury who were either not served or under-served by traditional models of social services and health care.
We believe brain injury support groups are special spaces that allow people with brain injury and their families to meet others who are in similar situations, gain valuable emotional support from one another, form friendships, obtain information and resources, and hear speakers discuss a variety of brain injury topics.
Peer support groups are where members can:
- Find out more about life with a brain injury
- Share their own experiences during both difficult and successful times
- Learn from other members’ achievements and strategies
- Find out about the newest trends and information related to Brain Injury
- Feel supported by having peers around you who have gone through similar situations
- Be safe, knowing that everyone in the group supports each other and that what is shared remains in the group
- Develop relationships with other people who have had similar experiences
- Socialize and develop friendships
- Learn new skills
- Get involved with the community
While physical support groups are special places, not everyone can get to in-person gatherings. Our commitment to providing peer support opportunities is just as strong for online and virtual support groups and activities.
Since July 2020 BEST moved all our support group activities online. We now offer tools for facilitators to host successful support group meetings in-person and online. We also host support groups and activities in the virtual world Second Life, monthly facilitator chats, video group meetings, and virtual events so that those who are housebound, without transportation, or unable to get to in-person gatherings for any reason have special spaces for peer support.
For more information contact us using our online form or call us at 877-719-2378.
|If you live in WA and attended support groups prior to March 2020 through the BEST peer support network please note that we no longer provide any direct funding or education for in-person support Groups. BEST no longer administers a WA State Support Group contract through DSHS. DSHS has determined that in-person support is no longer a priority and has shifted its focus to general TBI and skills education. If you have questions about a support group in your area contact David Minor, the WA State TBI Council and Fund Coordinator, at 1-360-764-0792 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.|