A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can turn a person’s life completely upside down in so many ways. The physical and mental struggles a survivor may face can be incredibly alienating, and families often need guidance when it comes to supporting the injured individual. That is why it is vital that those who’ve been touched by a TBI reach out for help.
Every year, more than 1.7 million Americans suffer a TBI, and as a result, there is an entire network of information and support available for those who have been affected. By connecting with others, you can learn how to handle the difficulties of TBI while also receiving emotional support from others who have been in your shoes.
Finding a community for TBI survivors has never been easier, thanks to online resources. The Brain Injury Association of America and many other organizations can provide you with a range of resources from caregiver alliances to support groups and community programs. You can also turn to social media for recommendations from local friends and professionals. Even joining a Facebook support group can help you get through confusing times.
Turning to professionals is another excellent way to find a TBI community. Doctors, especially specialists who deal with brain injuries on a regular basis, often have a large network of counselors, support groups, social workers and other resources that they can recommend. Even if they aren’t directly involved in a TBI community, they can at least point you in the right direction and give you a few ideas.
If you’re struggling to find a comfortable community, don’t stop seeking support. Instead, build the community you need by reaching out to others. Start monthly meetings with others who are facing similar challenges near you or create an online forum for those with questions about TBIs. The important thing is to form a network of a support. After all, no one deserves to face a traumatic brain injury on their own.
TryMunity, a nonprofit organization spreading awareness about traumatic brain injuries and offering support to those who are affected, wants to help you find the perfect community. Through the organization’s online social community, you can find a network of survivors and supporters who want to share their stories and advice. Visit http://community.trymunity.com/ if you want to join the conversation and learn how to thrive after a TBI.