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WA Brain Injury Support Groups


NOTE: Due to COVID-19, Washington State DSHS has CANCELED all TBI Support Groups in May and June 2020. Future opportunities will be evaluated over time as we all do our part to maintain a healthy environment.
Thank you for your support and please visit our WA Brain Injury Resource Center if you need assistance.

In support of our socially distanced communities BIAWA is hosting Virtual Brain Injury Support Group Gatherings several times a month.


Join us Wednesday May 13 at 2:30 for our first Virtual Brain Injury Support Group Gathering. You must REGISTER to attend.

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Washington State boasts a colorful variety of Support Groups! Each group has developed its own unique style based on the needs and interests of its participants.

Support Groups provide the opportunity to:

  • Gather information and news
  • Share common needs and strengths
  • Express any type of view without being judged
  • Develop and foster a community mindset 
  • Socialize with people who have common experiences
  • Meet new friends and find new connections in the community
  • Find courage and take risks in a safe place

For more information about Brain Injury Support Groups or assistance in locating a Support Group that will best fit your needs, call the Washington Brain Injury Resource Center at BIAWA 877-982-4292, or visit the Brain Energy Support Team Website.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, Washington State DSHS has CANCELED all TBI Support Groups in May and June 2020. Future opportunities will be evaluated over time as we all do our part to maintain a healthy environment. Thank you for your support and please visit our WA Brain Injury Resource Center if you need assistance. .


Support Groups with a * are affiliated with the BIAWA

Bellingham:

*Bellingham Brain Injury Support Group
1st Thursday of the month - 6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Peace Health/St. Joseph Hospital - Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225
Contact: Mary Hughes 360-631-2054


*Bellingham Caregiver Support Group

1st Thursday of the month - 6:30 - 8:00 P.M.
Peace Health/St. Joseph Hospital - Health Education Center
3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225
Contact: Janet Mott 206-972-9305
Email: janetm@biawa.org


*Bremerton:

4th Wednesday of each month 4:30–6:00pm
St Paul's Episcopal Church
700 Callahan Drive, Bremerton, WA 98310
The group meets in the main level meeting room.
Contact: Janice Worman OTR/L
Phone: 360-744-8980


*Everett:

Everett/Greater Snohomish Brain Injury Support Group
JANUARY 16, 2020 MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS
Meets 3rd Thursday of the Month, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Place: Providence – Pacific Campus 916 Pacific Avenue, Everett Monte Christos Room near the Cafeteria
Parking: Push the Blue Button for Entry No Charge
Contact: Janet Mott
Email: janetm@biawa.org
Phone: 206-972-9305 or 360-982-2915


*Port Angeles:

Port Angeles Brain Injury Support Group
Meetings First Wednesday of each month from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Olympic Medical Center - Wendel Room
939 Caroline Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Contact: Diana Bluthenthal 
Email: northolybrain@gmail.com

San Juan County:

Telephone Support only, 8:00am – 6:00pm.
Contact: Andrea Simmons
Phone: 360-378-9541


Shoreline:

Yoga Class

Mondays 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center
Wellness Studio – Suite 1
18560 1st Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155
The only Mondays we won’t have class are Memorial Day and Labor Day and Christmas or New Year’s if they fall on a Monday.
Contact: Janet Novinger
Phone: 206-547-2526
Janet@explorationsconsulting.com
www.explorationsconsulting.com

*Silverdale:

2nd Thursday of each month 3:00–4:30pm
Harrison Medical Center - Silverdale Harlow Medical Building
1780 NW Myhre Road, Silverdale, WA 98383
Use the flagpole entrance, the group meets in the Iris Room
Contact: Janice Worman OTR/L
Phone: 360-744-8980

Skagit Valley:

No Meetings in June, July, and August. Meetings will begin again in September 
2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Creekside Retirement Community - Puzzle Room
400 Gilkey Rd, Burlington, WA 98233
Contact: Karen Furney
Phone: 425-268-2934


*Stanwood:

Camano Island-North Snohomish County
3rd Monday of each month, 6:30–8:00pm
Stanwood Community and Senior Center Library
7430 276th Street NW, Stanwood, WA 98292
Contact: Karen Furney
Phone: 425-268-2934


Whidbey Island – Coupeville:

3rd Monday, 6:30-8:00 PM.
Whidbey General Hospital
101 N Main Street, Coupeville, WA 98239
Enter at rear of building, lower level, held in either conference room A or B.
Hospital telephone: 360-678-7656 Ext. 4001
Contact: Kelly or Kathy Thompson 360-222-4122

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, Washington State DSHS has CANCELED all TBI Support Groups in May and June 2020. Future opportunities will be evaluated over time as we all do our part to maintain a healthy environment. Thank you for your support and please visit our WA Brain Injury Resource Center if you need assistance. .


Support Groups with a * are affiliated with the BIAWA

Bainbridge:

Phone Support Available
Contact: Roberta Dueno
Phone: 206-842-8005

Bellevue/Eastside:

*1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, 1:00-2:30 pm
Highland Community Center
14224 Bel Red Road, Bellevue, WA 98007
Contact: Karen Ljunggren
Phone: 425-653-2480

Edmonds:

Swedish Brain Injury Support Group
1st Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:30 pm
Swedish Edmonds (formerly Stevens) Hospital
2nd Floor Cafeteria
21601 76th Avenue W, Edmonds, WA 98026
Contact: Robin Spicuzza
Phone: 425-772-6363
Email: Robinx77@comcast.net or robins@brainenergysupportteam.org


Seattle:

Seattle Brain Injury Caregiver Alliance
Horizon House - Robert Durham Room
900 University St., Seattle, WA 98101
Please check the blog for current meeting information: nwbicablog.wordpress.com
Contact: Grace Popoff
Phone: 206-979-1906
Email: seasonings@icloud.com


*Seattle Free Gentle Yoga for People with Traumatic Brain Injuries
Fridays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Aditi Yoga
Wallingford Center, Room 201
1815 N 45th St., Seattle, WA 98103
The 44 bus stops outside and there is lots of free parking.
Room 201 is just inside the Center’s main front door and to the right. There are two sets of stairs leading up to the studio. There are entrances off the parking lots that also have sets of stairs. The handicapped entrance is on the west side of the building, just north of Chutney’s Bistro – the door is a little hard to see. There’s an elevator inside the door to the right. That ground-floor level is the 100 level, so you will go up to floor 2 for the studio. From the elevator, the studio is at the far side of the building. 
Sponsored by the Seattle Wallingford Support Group for People with Mild Brain Injuries
Contact: Janet Novinger
Phone: 206-547-2526
Email: janet@explorationsconsulting.com

Seattle Buckley’s in Belltown (was Two Bells Tavern)
2331 2nd Ave, Seattle WA 98121
Description: Meets 2nd Thursday of the month 1:00-3:00 pm
Contact: BIAWA at 877-824-1766

Seattle - Pediatric Brain Injury Support Group - King County
A two-part support group with social interaction and activities for children ages 5-17 and a separate group for caregivers
Occurs three times per year.
Contact: Sharon Ashman
Phone: 206-987-214
Email: sharon.ashman@seattlechildrens.org

Seattle - Swedish Cerebrovascular Support Group
For patients that have been diagnosed and treated for AVM: open to patients, families, and caregivers.
3rd Monday of each month, 6:30-8:00 pm
Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill Campus
James Tower, 1st Floor
Education and Conference Center, Room D
500 17th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
Website: www.swedish.org/cerebrovascula..
Email: swedishaneurysmsupport@swedish.org
Phone: 206-320-4985

*Seattle - Swedish Medical Center - Cherry Hill Campus
4th Thursday of the month from 1:00-2:30 pm
Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill Campus, East Tower Building
Dining Room/Cafeteria area - Mother Joseph Room
500 17th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Website:www.swedish.org/locations/cher...
Contact: Michele Kauffman at tbimichele@gmail.com or 206-841-0445
Joel Laguatan at joelvl62062@yahoo.com or 206-948-8552


Seattle - HeadStrong Supports Youth and Families recovering from TBI
Come meet other youth, young adults, and families for social events, sharing resources, and caregiver support dinners.Please see our calendar for more information on event dates, times, and locations.
Website: www.headstrongforlife.org
Contact: Desiree Douglass at dld@headstrongforlife.org or 360-220-1422
facebook.com/headstrongforlifewa/

*Seattle - Harborview Medical Center
For people who have had a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Family, friends and caregivers are invited to attend.
1st Thursday of every month - 12-1:30 pm
Harborview Medical Center - Maleng Building, MB#118,
410 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Contact:  Michele Kauffman at tbimichele@gmail.com or 206-841-0445
Joel Laguatan at joelvl62062@yahoo.com or 206-948-8552


*West Seattle/Alaska Junction Brain Injury Support Group
3rd Thursday of the month, 1-2:30 pm
Senior Center of West Seattle - 2nd Floor Café
4217 SW Oregon St., Seattle, WA 98116 (Corner of California Ave and Oregon St)
Contact: Michele Kauffman at tbimichele@gmail.com or 206-841-0445
Joel Laguatan at joelvl62062@yahoo.com or 206-948-8552

*Seattle Wallingford TBI Survivors
Mild TBI Survivor Group
3rd Tuesday of every month, 4:00-5:30 pm
Good Shepherd Center, Room 221
4649 Sunnyside N, Seattle, WA 98103
Contact: Janet Novinger at (206) 547-2526
Email: janet@explorationsconsulting.com

Seattle Wallingford Craft Group
2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month, 2 - 4 pm

The craft group meets twice a month so that people living with brain injury can be creative and socialize informally. You can bring your own projects, like your knotting, crocheting, or participate in the group's projects. We will decide together what craft projects we will do as a group.
Good Shepherd Center, Room 223
4649 Sunnyside N., Seattle, WA 98103
Contact: Janet Novinger at (206) 547-2526
Email: janet@explorationsconsulting.com

*Seattle - Young Adults Stroke Survivors (YASS)
3rd Saturday of every month - 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
(except for special events in July, August and December)
Seattle BrainWorks/Provail
12700 Aurora Ave N., Seattle, WA 98133
The group hosts guest speakers and focuses on a topic related to stroke.
All ages are welcome. The group provides coffee, beverages, and a variety of snacks.
A UW-sponsored caregivers group meets at 1:30 in the next room, so caregivers are welcome to attend either meeting (or both).
Contact: Bill Monroe
Email: SeattleYASS@gmail.com
Website: http://seattleyass.com/

Seattle - Young Adults With TBI
On Hold - Contact BIAWA for more information.
877-982-4292

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