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Working together is a better idea!Support groups are integral parts of the Brian Injury Association of Georgia's efforts to assist survivors of brain injury (ABI/TBI) their families and friends. A support group's most important function is to provide a safe environment for its members, in which there is a sharing of mutual emotional support. The support group is based on the belief that acceptance by and connections with others is critical in the healing process from trauma. Members can be survivors, family members, friends and professional providers. 

If you are interested in starting a support group and consideration for Brain Injury Association of Georgia affiliation contact us at - info@braininjurygeorgia.org

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VSA arts of Georgia is a wonderful program that offers FREE tickets to both Ongoing Events, and numerous Special Events throughout Georgia. This program is a benefit offered to Support Group Members – survivor and caregiver/family member  -  who become Members of the Brain Injury Association of Georgia (BIAG). You must have a BIAG membership to request tickets! Members request tickets through their Support Group Leader.
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The benefits of a brain injury support group are numerous and can include the following:
  • Emotional healing comes through interpersonal contact

  • Sharing of similar experiences helps members feel less isolated and
    more empowered to deal with daily challenges

  • Encouragement develops from learning about the achievements of
    others that have overcome similar difficulties

  • Contribution helps support group members feel useful and gives
    meaning to their lives

  • Education results from the exchange of information and personal
    experiences

  • Socialization establishes and maintains important connections with
    people and enhances confidence in social skills

  • Self-expression, as emotions are experienced and released, creates a
    greater understanding of oneself and one's capabilities

  • Confidence building results as members self-direct the support group
    and work on the problems they all have in common

  • Safety, in the context of a confidential, supportive, non-judgmental
    environment, allows for honest self-expression and confidence building

  • A Sense of Growth occurs as long-term members see new participants
    and reminisce about where they began and how far they have come in their
    personal journey

SUPPORT GROUPS (Listed By County):

PLEASE READ FIRST!!!   Support Group information is subject to change. Please contact the support group before you attend a meeting for the first time or if you have not attended recently.  Ask to be added to their email list to stay in touch with Group meetings, updates, social outings, guest speakers and BIAG news. 

BIBB COUNTY
Macon

Macon Support Group
Central Georgia Rehab Hospital
3351 Northside Dr
Macon, GA 31210

Meetings held: Every 3rd Tuesday @ 6:00 P.M

You are invited to bring dish to share, voluntary, we eat first.

Group Leaders:
1. Phyllis Dorn (478) 960-2804
dornphyllis@yahoo.com
2. Rachael Devito
rdevito100@windstream.net

 

CATOOSA/WALKER COUNTY
Rock Spring

North Georgia Brain Injury Support Group
www.safehavensjf.org
Jimmy Simpson Foundation
9558 N. Hwy 27
Suite B
Rock Spring, GA 30739

Meetings Held: Every 2nd Tuesday @ 6:00 PM

Contact: Tina Lovern (706)375-9530
tlovern@safehavenjsf.org

 

CHATHAM COUNTY
Savannah

Advance Acquired Brain Injury Program
Goodwill Industries
7220 Sallie Mood Dr
Savannah, GA 31407

Meetings held: 2nd Thursdays 6:00 - 8:00pm
 

Group Leader
Paula Ruehling - (912)354-6611
pruehling@@goodwillsavannahga.org

Grey Matters
Rehab Institute @ Memorial Medical Center
4700 Waters Ave.
Savannah, GA 31407

Meetings Held:  3rd Thursday @ 5:00 PM

Group Leaders:
1. Jennifer Jolley - (912) 350-7274
jolleje1@memorialhealth.com
2. Ludy Lugo –
ludmila.lugo@healthsouth.com

 

CLARKE COUNTY
Athens

Athens Support Group

Saint Mary's Hospital
1230 Baxter Street
Athens, GA 30606
(5h floor, ADL room)
 
Meetings Held: Every 3rd Monday @ 7:00 P.M.

Group Leaders:
1. Floretta Johnson (706) 353-1892 or (706) 389-3550 
fbjohnson0521@att.net
2. Janice Ward - (706)548-4397

 

CLAYTON COUNTY
Riverdale

Miracles Happen Support Group
Southern Regional Medical Center
11 Upper Riverdale Rd.
Riverdale, GA 30274
 
Meetings Held: Every 2nd Tuesday @ 7:00 P.M.

Group Leaders:

1. Pat Buice (678) 773-4930
superhope@msn.com

2. Tiki Carter (770) 402-4684

Tiki4684@gmail.com

 

COBB COUNTY
Marietta

Unlimited Possibilities
Kennestone Hospital
Outpatient Rehab Center
100 Lacy St.
Marietta, GA 30060

Meetings Held: Every 1st Tuesday @ 7 P.M.

Group Leader:
Email: supportgroup@mindspring.com
Kelly Campbell (678)677-2589 kellyc620@yahoo.com

Breakfast social every Friday at 10 AM at the Whistle Stop Cafe in Kennesaw. The cafe is located at the intersection of Cobb Parkway (Hwy 41) and Barrett Parkway in the same shopping strip as Floor and Decor and IHOP. This is a relaxing, casual time to talk to others about concerns, questions, or to share good news. 

 

DEKALB COUNTY
Atlanta

Emory Support Group
Center for Rehab Medicine
1441 Clifton Road
Room 101
Atlanta, GA 30030
 
Meetings Held: Every 2nd Tuesday @ 6:30 P.M.

Group Leaders/Facilitators:
1. Carl Griffith - (404)409-9339

Carlg1008acg@gmail.com

2. Pat Gartrell - (404)524-6097
gar216@bellsouth.net

3. Esther Connor - (404)731-5958
no1uno9@hotmail.com
4. Neil Ligon
ncl2k@hotmail.com

 

VA Support Group

Atlanta/VA Hospital
VA Medical Center
Speech Pathology Dept.
1610 Clifton Road
Decatur, GA 30033
 
Meetings Held: Each 2nd Monday at 1:00 PM
If the 2nd Monday falls on a Holiday the group will meet the following Monday.

Group Leader:

Dr. Inge Thomas (404) 329-4654
Inge.Thomas@va.gov

 

FANNIN COUNTY
Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge Support Group

United Community Bank of Fannin County
4000 Appalachian Highway 
Blue Ridge, GA  30513
Bank is located next to the Burger King
Call Carolyn Stepp for directions
 
Meetings Held: Every 2nd Tuesday @ 6:00 P.M.

Group Leader:

Carolyn Stepp (706) 492-5308)
carolynstepp@etcmail.com

 

FLOYD COUNTY
Rome

Rome Support Group

Floyd Behavioral Health
Windwood main level conference room
306 Shorter Ave.
Rome, GA 30165
 
Meetings Held: Every 3rd Thursday @ 6 P.M.

Group Leader
Stayce Van Gorp PT (770)713-2526)

Svangorp@floyd.org

 

FULTON COUNTY

Atlanta

Pediatric/Adolescent Brain Injury Support Group
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite
Inpatient Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit (CIRU)
1001 Johnson Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
 
Support Group is pending new start up by CHOA

Contact paige@braininjurygeorgia.org for questions

 

ATLANTA

Buckhead Area:

Mild Brain Injury Support MBISG
Peachtree Presbyterian Church
3434 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30305 
http://www.mildbraininjurysupport.org/

Meetings Held: Every 2nd Thursday @ 7:00 P.M.

Group Leaders:

1. Jean Kropa (770) 612-0612
Kropa@bellsouth.net 

2. Art Fuller
art_full@yahoo.com

3. Jacques and Monique Hauss 
jacqueshauss@aol.com

 

ROSWELL / ALPHARETTA AREA:

 

North Fulton Support Group NFSG

Three (3) Support Groups

 

St. David’s Episcopal Church

1015 Old Roswell Road

Roswell, GA 30076

Location of Support Group Meetings click here

 

Lunch social held monthly every 4th Tuesday – contact Waring Jackson for details

 

1.  Brain Injury Survivor (ABI/TBI) Only

Meeting held:  1st Thursday of each month @ 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Located in the Education Building

2.  Caregivers welcome to meet in the adjoining classroom, informal

 

Group Leader:  Waring Jackson (770) 924-7609

waringjackson@gmail.com

 

3.  Family Group Meeting

Meeting held:  3rd Tuesday of each month @ 6:45 – 8:00 PM

All persons, family and caregivers with any history of brain injury are invited

Located in the Old Parish Hall

 

Group Leaders:

1.  Elaine Steinhauer-Slezak (770) 722-5266

elaine50008@aol.com

2.  Karan Wade (678) 925-8161

baskcatcase@yahoo.com

 

Roswell Area:

Seminole Spirit, A Speech Language Improvement Group

We are a Toastmasters Speech Craft Group to help survivors improve their speech language articulation

North Brook Methodist Church House

50 Houze Way Rd

Roswell, GA 30075

 

Meetings held:  Two times a month, 12:00-2:00 PM, bring your lunch

Click here for 2015 meeting dates (pdf)
Click here for agenda format (pdf)

 

Group Leaders/Facilitators:

1.  Mark Halvorsen (404)434-7452

Seekinmotion2015@gmail.com

2.  Alex Hill (404) 514-5043

ahillga@yahoo.com

3.  Bill Peet (404) 255-5145

emersonpeet3@gmail.com

 

GLYNN COUNTY
Brunswick & Golden Isles

“brainREconnect” Brain Injury Support Group
Outpatient Rehabilitation Care Center for Southeast Georgia Health Systems
2600 Wildwood Ave.
Brunswick, GA 31520

Meetings Held: 4th Wednesday 2:30 – 4:00PM

Group Leaders:

1. Royce Laidler MA, CCC/SLP, Director (912)506-0305
roycelaidler@att.net

2. Rhonda Hand, Co-Director, (912)638-6144 or 399-1450
Rhondahand@gmail.com

 

GORDON COUNTY 
Calhoun

"Divine Restoration Abounds"
Cup of Life Worship Center
108 Newton Road
Calhoun, GA

Meetings Held:  3rd Thursday of each month 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Group Leader:

Judi Collins (706)548-2660
cjudi@bellsouth.net

GWINNETT COUNTY
Lawrenceville

TBI Support Group
For survivors and families affected by and living with traumatic brain injury

Meets the 1st Friday of each month
Gwinnett Medical Center's Glancy Campus
Community Education Center - Kiwi Room
(Enter the Community Education Center at the McClure Bridge East Entrance)
3215 McClure Bridge Road, Duluth, GA 30096
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Contacts:
1. Paige Havens 678-938-4279
paige@braininjurygeorgia.org

2. Candace Rather or Kelly Dunham
678-312-6167
crather@gwinnettmedicalcenter.org

 

MUSCOGEE COUNTY
Columbus

Columbus Brain Injury Support Group
Group Leader – Contact for detail:
Kay McCoy
Home (706) 565-9298
Cell (706) 325-2386
Kaymccoy3@hotmail.com

NEWTON/ROCKDALE COUNTIES
Conyers

NOTE: This Support Group is pending new startup

Connect with another support group near you or contact jane@braininjurygeorgia.org if interested in re-starting a new Support Group in this region.

RICHMOND COUNTY
Augusta

Augusta Brain Injury Support Group
NeuroRestorative of GA
2501 Center West Parkway
Augusta, GA 30909

Meetings Held: Every 2nd Thursday @ 6 P.M.

Group Leaders:

1. Patty Goolsby (706)0737-9300 or (706)840-9676
Patty.goolsby@thementornetwork.com

2. Les Paul Morgan (803) 279-9611or (803)426-6356 
mycometpatrol@bellsouth.net 
(Note: Les also leads a group in No. Augusta, SC. Contact Les for info)

 

SPALDING / LAMAR / UPSON COUNTIES
Griffin/Barnesville/Thomaston

Lost and Found Support Group  
For meeting details contact

Forbes Gary (678) 588-6254

Forbesg.forbes@gmail.com

 

THOMAS COUNTY
Thomasville

"Hope" Southwest GA TBI Support Group
Boston Community Center
Boston, GA 31626
Website: http://hopefortbi.web.officelive.com/default.aspx
 
Meetings Held: 2nd Mon of each month. Covered dish @ 6:30, meeting @ 7:30

Contacts:
1. Vickie Gipson (229) 224-1680
vickygipson35@yahoo.com
2. Rick Gipson (229)224-2852
rickygipson54@yahoo.com

 

TOOMBS COUNTY  

Lyons

Southeast Brain Injury Support Group
Lyons Recreations Dept/Partin Park
Neesmith Building
168 Miot Street – Lyons, GA 30436

Meetings held every 2nd Monday @ 7:00 

Group Leader:

Melissa Jenkins - 912-565-0197
melissaoliphant@yahoo.com

 

TROUP COUNTY

LaGrange

Troup County Support Group

Clearview Chapel
Fellowship Hall (Left side entrance)
2101 So. Davis Road
LaGrange, GA 30241

Meetings held every 2nd Monday @ 6:30 PM

Group Leader:

Susan Blackburn – (706) 302-1887
sunityblackburn@hotmail.com

 


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