Support Groups and Brain Injury Information
Why Attend a Support Group Meeting?
The purpose of a support group is to learn more about brain injury and available services by meeting with others who are facing or have faced similar challenges. The essential elements of a support group are:
- Gather information
- Share common needs and strengths
- Provide a place to meet new friends and find new connections in the community
- Provide a safe place to find courage and take risks
- Provide an opportunity to socialize
- Provide an environment where positive and negative views can be expressed without being judged
NOTE: All Support Groups Welcome Survivors, Family, and Friends!
For specific Support Group information and special speakers, check your latest issue of What's Happening. You can download our most recent edition from our News Page.
New Castle County:
3rd Thursday of each month (except December) at 7:00 pm.
Facilitators: John & Margie Goodier (302) 378-0375
Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Room #1, Bluebird Blvd.
1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington
Note: To attend pre-meeting dinner group (at your expense) contact Matt by phone at (302)998-0782 or David (302)453-1634 by the Tuesday before the meeting and meet at Hollywood Grille at Concord Pike & Murphy Rd. Between 5:15 and 5:30 pm.
2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm (Except for December)
Facilitators: Multiple facilitators
840 Walker Road, Walker Sq., Dover
For information call 1-800-411-0505
2nd Tuesday each month at 6:00pm
Facilitator: Dr. Glenwood Brooks (410) 545-4600 or (800) 938-4600
Chesapeake Rehab. Hospital, Health South, employees dining room
Rt. 50 & Tilghman Road, Salisbury, MD
Brain Injury Information
Please refer to our Resource Directory for a glossary of terms relating to Brain Injury by clicking HERE.
National Statistics About Brain Injury
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBIs contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability annually.
Of the 1.4 million who sustain a TBI each year in the United States:
- 50,000 die
- 235,000 are hospitalized
- 1.1 million are treated and released from an emergency department.
Among children ages 0 to 14 years, TBI results in an estimated:
- 2,685 deaths;
- 37,000 hospitalizations
- 435,000 emergency department visits annually.
The number of people with TBI who are not seen in an emergency department or who receive no care is unknown.
Delaware Statistics About Brain Injury
According to the Delaware Trauma System Registry, from 2000 to 2003, over 1100 people were admitted to Delaware Hospitals with TBI. Since 2003, this number increased to more than 1375 per year. These figures include more than 150 children ages 0 to 14 per year.
More recent information has become available through the State's Trauma Registry. Data collected from two five year studies (from 1994-98 and 2001-05) shows:
- Hospitalization for TBI increased 14.6 percent
- The largest increases were in the age groups of 75-84 and 85+
- Males accounted for 63% of all TBI associated discharges
- Patients aged 15-24 accounted for the largest single proportion (19% of total hospitalizations)
- TBI hospitalization rates for males were twice that of females