The Brain Injury Association of North Carolina helps to support over 40 support groups throughout the state. Support groups can help people with brain injuries, their families, and the professionals serving them to find local resources and support. Some groups are specifically for survivor's spouses, children or members of the military, but most are open to all. Each of the brain injury support groups identified across North Carolina have their own individual structure, leadership, and membership. No group pays dues to BIANC.
Becoming an active participant at your local support group is an excellent way to give back to your community, or locate resources for yourself, loved ones, or someone you know that could use help. Connecting with others who have experience navigating services in your area can be a great way to network and locate existing supports, or just an excuse to get together with friends and share stories.
Others who have taken the brain injury journey have much to teach and share.
Start a new brain injury support group in your area. BIANC will assist and support you.
Call to request our Guide: "How To Start a Brain Injury Support Group". Download the guide here.
Need ideas for meeting topics? New training modules are being developed and will be available here when finalized. Topics will include stress management, brain injury 101, sleep, neuroplasticity of the brain, and anger management. These new modules will include PowerPoint presentations and handouts. Visit our Newsletters Page and review past Support Link newsletters for valuable tips and meeting ideas.
Nina Kalleh has been working on new tools for Support group leaders to help with program topics:
Click here to download the new Stress Management Support Group leader Guide
Click here to download a .pdf of the Stress Management powerpoint.
Click on the topic below for some additional meeting ideas and hand-outs:
Memory Meeting Topic
Good Nutrition Meeting Topic (Food Groups Hand-out)
Social Skills Meeting Topic (Social Skills Hand-out)
Fitness and Exercise Meeting Topic (Be sure to visit the Health and Fitness page of this website)
Be sure to send in your ideas for us to share with others to firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Group Grants Available:
Small support group grants are available (up to $200) from BIANC for local support group activities related to fitness, wellness, camp, education or awareness. Email a request from two group members to email@example.com for consideration or call 919-833-9634 or 919 618-3003 to discuss a grant for your support group.
The Fayetteville Brain Injury Support Group added 58 photos to the album 4/28/12 Picnic at Lake Rim Park- photos taken by Thomas Payne. They used a SG grant to help pay for the picnic.
BIANC Brain Injury Resource Centers offer information, support, and materials to assist in getting new groups started. Regional Outreach Coordinators from the BIANC Brain Injury Resource Centers keep in contact with support group leaders in their area, visit groups during the year, and organize regional support group leader training sessions. The Raleigh BIANC Resource Center sends newsletters and other educational materials quarterly to designated support group leaders and holds an annual statewide support group leader training session. Support group meetings vary from weekly, to monthly to quarterly and may include other disability groups such as stroke or spinal cord injury survivors. Find a group near you in our Resource Book, or in our latest Starting Point newsletter. Call ahead to see if the group has special plans.