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Support Groups

Support Groups

The Brain Injury Association of Illinois welcomes everyone to attend any support group. Please call the office for additional information regarding support group activities. Some groups may not be meeting in person as of 2023, so call the contact number listed to confirm its meeting status.

Contact the Brain Injury Association of Illinois to inquire about support groups that may be meeting in your area. Contact the office at 800.699.6443 or info@biail.org

NOTE: It is important to call the Group Contact before making plans to attend a meeting so that you can confirm the meeting is scheduled to occur.

 Why Attend a Support Group Meeting?

The purpose of a support group is sharing with and supporting another for the mutual benefit of the total group. Some elements of a support group are:

  • Active, involved listening to others

  • Providing an atmosphere where positive and negative views can be expressed without being judged or labeled

  • An atmosphere that promotes a sense of caring

  • An opportunity to identify needs and to problem solve with others

  • Providing an atmosphere to explore inner feelings

  • An awareness of common needs and strengths

  • Receiving and giving opportunities for others to be understood

  • A place to find courage and to take risks

  • Education and information is shared among the group

Group Listings:

Champaign/Urbana

Contact: Dawn Henry  217.383.6423
Call for meeting information
2nd Saturday of the month, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Chicago Making Headway

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital
1401 S. California Blvd, Chicago IL 60608
Contact: Ginny Lazzara, 708.945.8360
Call for meeting information 

Chicago Acquired Brain Injury Conversation Group
(for those with Cognitive Communication Challenges) 

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
355 E. Erie St, Chicago IL  60611
Contact: Rachel Hitch 312.238.6163 or Victoria Galarnyk  312.238.3106
Call for meeting information and participant eligibility information

Downers Grove

Rehab Without Walls NeuroSolutions
1040 Robey Ave
Downers Grove, IL
Call for meeting information
Contact: 630.969.9188

 Edwardsville SIUE Metro East BI Support Group

SIUE Campus Founders Hall 1208
Edwardsville, IL
Contact:
618/650-3677
Call for meeting date/time and information

 Elk Grove Village Second Chance for Survivors

Alexian Brothers Rehabilitation Hospital
935 Biesner Road
Elk Grove Village, IL
Contact: 847.952.7446
Call for meeting date/time and information

 Joliet

Easter Seals
212 Barney Drive
Joliet, IL  60435
Contact: 815.931.9693
Call for meeting information

 LaSalle Peru - Epilepsy Support Group (for those with brain injury and/or seizures)

Peru YMCA
Contact: Erika Fleck  815.414.8655
Call for meeting information

 Morris - Epilepsy Support Group (for those with brain injury and/or seizures)

Morris Hospital
Contact: Erika Fleck  815.414.8655
Call for meeting information

Mundelein

Lake County CIL
377 N Seymour Ave, Mundelein IL
Contact: 847.949.4440
Call for meeting information

Oak Lawn

Christ Hospital

4450 W. 95th Street

Oak Lawn, IL

Contact: 708.684.1801

First Thursday of the month, virtual meeting 4:00-5:00 PM

Call for zoom link information

Park Ridge

Lutheran General Hospital
Sasser Conference Room (10th floor near the cafeteria dining room)
Contact info: Dr. Mitchell VanSumeren   847.723.5540
3rd Saturday/month 10-11:30am

Quincy

Brain Trauma Awareness Organization
Networking meeting monthly at Quincy Public Library, call 217.242.3235 for meeting info
Coffee for Caregivers monthly, call 217.653.0244 for meeting information and location.
Group Contacts: Margie Williams 217.242.3235; Vieve Veith 217.653.0244

 Rockford Headlines

VanMatre Encompass Rehabilitation Institute
950 S. Mulford   Rockford, IL  61108
Contact: 815.978.1352
3rd Tuesday/month 7:00 PM

 Wheaton Connections Teens & Adults Support Group

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital 
26 W 171 Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, IL
Conference Center MJ Outpatient Bldg (entrance 2)
Contact: Rima Polikaitis   630.909.6360    Christina Hanson  630.909.8033
First Thursday/month, 6:30 - 8pm

 

For Information regarding support groups in the surrounding states, please call:

Brain Injury Association of Indiana (317) 356-7722
Iowa (800) 444-6443
Kentucky (800) 444-6443
Brain Injury Association of Missouri (314) 426-4024
Wisconsin (800) 444-6443
Brain Injury Association of Michigan (810) 229-5880
Minnesota (800) 444-6443

 


 
 

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Brain Injury Association of Illinois
P.O. Box 70
Palos Heights, IL 60463
Phones: 312-726-5699 or  800-699-6443  Fax:312-630-4011