Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain. The injury can be mild, moderate, or severe. Not all TBI survivors require hospitalization at the time of injury, but even a mild TBI can cause lingering symptoms and difficulty returning to the person's previous level of functioning. Unless diagnosed immediately, many survivors had been left to navigate the system independently, some unaware of why they were struggling post-injury.
The mission of the TBI Support Program is to support, navigate, inform, and care for our community members living with a traumatic brain injury. The program has three facets: Community Education, Resource Navigation, and Support Services.
Through Community Education, we increase awareness of the impact and prevalence of TBIs in our community by providing informational presentations and trainings on the unique challenges TBIs present, and easy accommodations that can be made to support survivors. These presentations are customizable to fit the specific needs of the audience, for example first responders, educators, professionals, or the general public.
Our Resource Navigation Services provide survivors with personalized consultation and one-on-one problem solving to find creative solutions, meet needs, and achieve goals. Through this facet, individual challenges with personal relationships, employment, navigating the system, and more can be addressed and resolved.
Our Support Services provide opportunities for survivors and their loved ones to discuss challenges, offer solutions, and receive in-person support from others with shared experiences. Connecting with other survivors is often paramount in TBI recovery, as new challenges become normalized and survivors know that they are not alone.
Within the next two years, our program will expand to include Peer-to-Peer support networks, as well as Family Support Networks to maximize connections and guidance for people who are new to brain injury. Through this program, TBI survivors and those closest to them can access information and resources with ease and feel supported as they navigate new and unchartered waters.
With the help of our partners, we are reaching many different pockets of the community to identify and support survivors of TBI. Our hope is that, with support, survivors of TBI can continue living fulfilling lives, meeting their goals, and thriving in the community.