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Why You Should Attend A Brain Injury
Support Group

Living with a brain injury can be lonely. It helps to know you are not alone – whether you are an individual who’s affected by a brain injury, a family member, and/or a caregiver. Many people who go to a support group express relief in finally finding others who “get it.

Benefits of Attending for Individuals affected by a brain injury:
• Be accepted for who you are now – not for who you were before
• Learn information that is relevant and understandable
• Express your feelings in a place where they will be supported, accepted, and understood
• Provide others an opportunity to be understood
• Practice social skills with people who will be OK with “slip-ups”

Benefits of Attending for family members and loved ones:

• Find a forum for problem-solving
• Get a better handle on managing cognitive & behavioral changes
• Discuss and learn about individual and family adjustment issues

There are support groups throughout Florida. Support group leadership varies – some are run by individuals who’ve been affected by brain injury or have a family member with a brain injury. Some support groups are led by healthcare professionals working in the brain injury field. Although groups may receive technical assistance from BIF, they are independent and do not necessarily reflect the views or official positions of BIF.

Support Group Directory

Note that some listings have extensive contact information, while others have only a phone number; we have endeavored to make this information as current and complete as possible, but sometimes groups change or disband without warning. Please call or e-mail the groups you are interested in to receive the most up-to-date information.

Daytona Beach

HALIFAX HEALTH MEDICAL CENTER

Join us the fourth Thursday of each month at 3:00 pm for a support group.

Contacts: Gail Sunderland at (917) 363-5880

Website: https://www.halifaxhealth.org/articles/help-stroke-survivors

Meeting place
Halifax Health Medical Center
France Tower Meeting Rooms
303 N. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

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Delray

PINECREST BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT

This group meets the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Contact: Mary Kaye (561) 495-3048 Mary.Kaye@tenethealth.com


Website: https://www.delraymedicalctr.com/for-patients/i-am-a-scheduled-or-current-patient/helpful-support-groups

Meeting place:
Delray Medical Center
Pinecrest General Gym
5360 Linton Blvd.
Delray, FL 33484

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Fort Walton Beach

OKALOOSA-WALTON BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT

This group meets 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 9:30 to 1130am

Contact: Madison at 850-904-4242

Meeting place:
Bayer Behavioral Health
203 Hollywood Blvd
NE Ft. Walton, FL 32548

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Hollywood

MEMORIAL REGIONAL BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT

This group meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.

Contact: Victoria Sandaval at 954-518-5542

Meeting place:
Memorial Regional Hospital
3501 Johnson Street
Hollywood, FL 33021

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Hope Brain Injury Support

This group meets every third Saturday of the month from 10:15 to noon.

Contact: Jane Elkins at 904-0771-6658

Meeting place:
Brooks Outpatient Rehab Center
3901 University Blvd. South
Jacksonville, FL 32216

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Healthsouth Brain Injury Support

This group meets on the last Thursday of the month from 6 to 7:30 pm.

Contacts:

James Nadell, Ph.D at 305-259-6433 or JNadell2000@yahoo.com
Rhonda Vivas at 305-259-6434

Meeting place:
HealthSouth Rehab Hospital
20601 Old Cutler Road
Miami, FL 33189

MIAMI BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT AT BAPTIST HOSPITAL OF MIAMI

Please call Sharon Wright at 786-596-6578 or Caroline Godinez at786-596-6108

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New Port Richey

New Port Richey Brain Injury Support

This group meets every Saturday from noon to 2:30 pm at the Lane Glo bowling alley.

Contact: Joan Tavarese at 727-375-5395 or art10710@yahoo.com

Meeting place:
Lane Glo North Lanes (bowling alley)
6935 Ridge Road
New Port Richey, FL 3465

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Panama City

SECOND CHANCE

This group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 6 to 9 pm.

Contact: Cheryl Morden at 850-769-7779 or secondchancefl@hotmail.com

Meeting place:
Second Chance
222 East Beach Dr.
Panama City, FL 32401

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Pensacola

PENSACOLA BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT

This group meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 4 to 5 pm in the Rehab Gym.

Contacts:

Carrie Rayburn, CTRS, CBIS at (850) 494-6195

Meeting place:
HCA Florida Healthcare Rehabilitation Center
Rehab Gym
8383 North Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL 32514

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Pompano

BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP

Please contact Mark E. Todd or Angela Todd at 954-776-5010

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Port Charlotte

BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT

This group meets on the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Contact: Bob Binese at 941-697-3055 or 941-268-7879 or bobhb7@aol.com

Meeting place:
Med County Regional Library
Meeting Room A
2050 Forrest Nelson Road
Port Charlotte, FL 33952

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Orlando

BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT (O-BIS)

This group meets on the third Wednesday and fourth Wednesday (game night) of the month from 6:30 to 8 pm. It was founded in 1988 and it puts the focus on recreational activities for people with brain injuries, as well as on recovery from brain injury.

Contact:

Lisa Philippone at 407-228-2818 or cfbisg@gmail.com

Meeting place:
Mayor William Beardall Senior Center
800 S. Delaney Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801

https://www.facebook.com/TBISupportGroup

https://www.tbisupport.org/

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Rockledge

ROCKLEDGE BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT

This group meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 7 to 9 pm. No street address given.

Contact: Chris Jeavarde at 321-637-0009 or nike000033@yahoo.com


Sarasota

BIG Brain Injury Group

This group meets on the second Monday of every month from 1 to 3 pm and it emphasizes learning to do things independently.

Contact: Mary Morris at 941-351-9545 ex 105 or Mary@scil4u.org

Meeting place:
Sun Coast Independent Living
2989 Fruitville Road, Suite 101
Sarasota, FL 34237

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St. Petersburg

PINELLAS COUNTY BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT

This group meets twice a month on the second and fourth Thursdays from 6 to 7 pm.

Contacts:

Steven Frank, Ph.D. at 727-322-6123
Anita Lenas, LCSW at 727-322-6123

Meeting place:
Bayfront Medical Center
Sheen Conference Center
701 6th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

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Tallahassee

BIG BEND BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT

This group meets on the second Monday of the month from 7:30 to 9:00 pm.

Contact:

Teddy McQuat, RN at 850-421-3890 or 850-431-1155

Meeting place:
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
Ground Room Conference A
1300 Miccosukee Road
Tallahassee, FL 3230

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Tampa

TAMPA SOUTH BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT

This group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Contact: Bob Barrett at 813-908-1375 or bobjbarrett@msn.com
Meeting place:
Tampa South Brain Injury Support
McFarland Park Barksdale Bldg.
1801 North Lincoln Ave.
Tampa, FL 33602

TAMPA BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT AT TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL

Please contact Rebecca McAlaster 813-844-7759

Tampa Brain Injury Support at the University of South Florida

Please contact Gayle Holden at 813-949-1564

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Tarpon Springs

BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP

Please call Cathy Buka at 727-938-6800

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The Villages

NORTH LAKE BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT

This group meets on the second Thursday of the month from 2 to 4 pm.

Contact: Florence Korpi at 352-553-2370 or FlorenceKorpi@hotmail.com

Meeting place:
North Lake Presbyterian Church
Harbor Bldg.
975 Rolling Acres Road
The Villages, FL 32159

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West Palm Beach

BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT

This group’s meetings take place at a Goodwill center every fourth Tuesday of the month (except December) from 6 to 7:30 pm.

Contact: Ellise Johansen at 561-848-7200 or Johansen@gulfstreamgoodwill.com

Marsha Martino at 561-848-7200 or Martino@gulfstreamgoodwill.com

Meeting place:
Gulfstream Goodwill
1715 Tiffany Drive East
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

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Winter Haven

WINTER HAVEN BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT

This group meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8:30 pm. It offers the Esteem Program.

Contact: Linda Rumrell at 863-292-4061 or linda.rumrell@mfms.com

Meeting place:
Winter Haven Outpatient Hospital
3425 Lake Alfred Road
Winter Haven, FL 33881

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Winter Park

AdventHealth Winter Park

This group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

Contact: inpatientrehabcflsupportgroups@.com

Meeting place:

AdventHealth Winter Park

Nicholson Pavilion

200 North Lakemont Avenue

Winter Park, FL 32792

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