The 3rd Annual West Virginia Conference
on Traumatic Brain Injury

From Surviving to Thriving: Growth After a TBI
March 6-8, 2019
Call for Proposals

TBI Support Groups

Brain Injury Group (BIG) of the Eastern Panhandle

  • Where: Berkeley Medical Center
    Meeting Room 1
    2500 Hospital Drive
    Martinsburg, WV 25401
  • When: 2nd Monday every month from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Contact: Sara Hitchings 304-596-3550wvepbig@gmail.com
  • Facebook: Brain Injury Group of the Eastern Panhandle-WV

Brain Injury Group (BIG) at Marshall

Brain Injury Group (BIG) of Southern WV

  • Where: 101 South Eisenhower (FMRS Building)
    Beckley, WV 25801
  • When: 3rd Tuesday every month from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Contact: PO Box 5, Beckley, WV 25801
    Teresa Harvey (304-575-5995)
    Shannon Hughart (304-222-1132)
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/braininjurywv

Brain Injury Support Group

  • Where: HealthSouth Mountainview
    1160 Van Voorhis Road
    Morgantown, WV 26505
  • When: Please contact Mary Burleson for details
  • Contact: Mary Burleson 304-598-1100 - mary.burleson@healthsouth.com

Mid-Ohio Valley Brain Injury Support and Information Group

  • Where: JCDC Parkersburg Office
    709 Division Street, #4
    Parkersburg, WV 26101
  • When: 4th Tuesday each month from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Contact: Sara Rose 304-273-9311 x307 - srose@jcdcworks.com
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/MOVBIG

Start a Support Group

What is a Brain Injury Support Group?

A brain injury support group is a gathering of people who have experienced brain injury (either first-hand or second-hand, such as a family member), who come together for self-expression and encouragement.  The group provides a forum for emotional expression within a nurturing environment.

While each group must develop its own identity and membership composition, the most important considerations are 1) identifying who can benefit as a result of participating in a support group and 2) determining how the composition of the constituents can benefit the group as a whole.

A brain injury support group is NOT formal, professional therapy.

Why Have a Brain Injury Support Group?

  • Emotional healing comes through interpersonal contact.
  • Sharing of similar experiences helps members feel less isolated and more empowered to deal with daily challenges.
  • Encouragement comes from learning about the achievements of others who have overcome similar difficulties.
  • Contribution helps support group members feel useful and gives meaning to their lives.
  • Education results from the exchange of information and personal experiences.
  • Socialization establishes and maintains important connections with people and enhances confidence in social skills.
  • Self-expression, as emotions are experienced and released, creates a greater understanding of oneself and one's capabilities.
  • Confidence building results as members self-direct the support group and work on the problems they all have in common.
  • Safety, in the context of a confidential, supportive, non-judgmental environment, allows for honest self-expression and confidence building.
  • A sense of growth occurs as long-term members see new participants and reminisce about where they began and how far they have come in their personal journey.

(Brain Injury Association of America)