Whether it’s caused by a concussion or a car accident, a tumor or trauma, a stroke or some other cause, brain injury can have a severe impact on a person’s life. In an instant people’s lives are changed as well as the social, emotional and physical effects of brain injury, survivors often struggle with economic, housing and health challenges. With early intervention; compensatory strategies, and connection to a caring community, crises can be prevented and survivors of brain injury and their families can adapt to the challenges of life with a brain injury and in time can thrive. For people with a brain injury, the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing further marginalizes these community members.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, we have significantly changed the way we provide our services to allow us to continue to safely support brain injury survivors and their families in Victoria.
Our case managers are connecting with clients one-on-one virtually by phone, email and video. More than ever, interacting with our clients is so important, whether it’s to give emotional support or advocate for financial assistance.
Group programs like Coping, Acquired Brain Injury 101, Music Therapy and Family Support Group have moved to a virtual platform. Connecting brain injury survivors in a supportive environment improves overall confidence and mental well-being, while reducing anxiety, depression and isolation.
Peer Support volunteers are providing daily drop-in sessions for brain injury survivors. These sessions provide a social network that increases the participant’s sense of belonging and decreases isolation.