Brain Injury Support Group

alzheimersST. JOHNSBURY-March is brain injury awareness month and a new brain injury support group started up at a local church.


The Brain Injury Association of Vermont, or BIAVT has established a new support group that meets the third Wednesday of every month from one to two thrity at the Grace United Methodist Church.


The first hour of this meeting is dedicated to a guest speaker from the Brain Association of Vermont. They are able to offer insights, knowledge and information on brain injuries. An advocate for brain injuries is also present, and helps run these meetings. The first hour is dedicated to the people of the meeting as well, who are survivors of a Traumatic Brain Injuries. Supporters of those with a brain injury are welcome to attend these meetings too. The last half hour of this group is used as social time to have a snack, and talk more one on one with individuals from this group. This group is a good place for brain injury surviors to use their voice and be heard on the traumas they have suffered, from their brain afflictions.

Every nine seconds a person will substain a brain injury in the United States. Roughly forty percent of people who recive brain injuries are from falling. There are currently over eight thousand Vermonters living with a traumatic brain injury. Although, it is worth noting that just about seventy five percent of brain injuries are mild in nature. Only ten percent are severe. The side effects of a brain injuries vary. They can be anything from feeling more fatigued, to loss of oral and sensory functions.

This Wednesday's group speaker Barbara Winters is a certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer in Vermont. She pointed out in her presentation that Brain Injury is what individuals have and it is not who they are. "Their doctor might have said you're never gonna be able to do anything again. Don't listen to those mesages, because the brain is an amazing amazing organ and it heals,"said Barabara.

Thomas Youkman is one of the coordinators of this group and says the group is also open to anyone looking for resources on brain injuries, as well as familes of those who suffer from brain injuries. "We meet at thirty six central street and everybody is welcome, with their caregiver, or their surviors. We have all kinds of information we can share with you." said Thomas.

The group plans on continuing to meet every third Wednesday of the month for the foreseeable future.  

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