We offer a variety of programs serving Halifax, Dartmouth, and surrounding areas ranging from educational to social and recreational.
Many of our programs are facilitated by volunteers and are an important part of building a community of support for brain injury survivors and their families.
About Our Metro Community Hub
Nova Scotia’s first purpose-built community place for brain injury survivors – opened in May 2019
(An innovative partnership with Peter’s Place)
This new space includes 1000 square feet for a Community Rehabilitation Program, a new Acquired Brain Injury Drop-In Centre, a quiet room, and a resource library. The Drop-In Centre will encourage participants to develop leisure lifestyle skills, broaden their community awareness, improve self-esteem, and develop social relationships. Programs and activities are designed in collaboration with participants and the clinical team. They will incorporate a variety of shared education and support programs offered by the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia.
This space is incredible! A home for broken brains. You are always welcome.
The address is 615 Windmill Road, Dartmouth. Regular hours are 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday to Friday. See you at “The Hub”!
To find our more about Peter’s Place new Community Rehab Program, please visit their website and read about their wonderful services.
Most of our programs are run out of the new Metro Community Hub, but others are held in various locations across the city. Please read on to learn about our full program slate.
Concussion Café is a peer-led group that meets on the last Tuesday of each month and provides a safe space for people (and family members/supporters) to share challenges and successes along their recovery journey.
80% of brain injuries are on the “mild” end of the spectrum (mTBI). Still, there is nothing mild about concussion symptoms, particularly for the 20-25% of people who experience persistent, complex symptoms after a concussion.
This peer-led discussion and support group will meet monthly from January through June 2019. Connect and share solutions, challenges, and successes on your recovery journey.
Meetings are on the last Tuesday of each month, 7:00 PM-8:30 PM.
Concussion Café also has a dedicated Facebook page – find us at “Concussion Café”.
We offer regular six-week blocks of Music Therapy for brain injury survivors in partnership with Find Your Voice Music Therapy.
Your brain loves music – learning new songs, creating music in a group setting, playing new instruments, and exploring rhythm and rhyme all light up the miracle of neuroplasticity in your brain and promote emotional healing and ongoing recovery. This program is available at no cost to participants.
New Series Starts Wednesday January 8, 2020
1:15pm to 2:15pm (6 weeks)
615 Windmill Rd, Dartmouth
With Find Your Voice Music Therapy / Mackenzie Costron
Caregiver Support Series
Brain injury affects the entire family – and caregivers are often left holding the pieces together after a brain injury.
This program will be re-offered early 2020 – stay tuned and we will be announcing dates and times as soon as possible (depending on how grumpy old man winter is this year).
Supporting the Support – Caregiver Series
Does someone you love have a brain injury? Are you frustrated, exhausted, or short-tempered? Feeling lost and wondering when your life will be back to “normal”? You are not alone. There is support for you.
With Amy Sullivan, Life counseling services
This six-week program is designed to assist family and care-givers in exploring your role, acknowledge how your life has changed, and provide you with strategies for managing challenges while connecting with others who are sharing those experiences, too.
Bring your loved ones with you. Structured, supervised activities will be offered for brain injury survivors onsite while their family or caregivers participate in the program.
When: Stay tuned for new series dates early 2020
Where: ABI Drop-in Centre, 615, Windmill Rd, Dartmouth
Yoga for Acquired Brain Injury
Traditional yoga practice incorporates the intentional blending of breath, focus, balance, muscle strength, and energy.
Brain injury survivors that participate in yoga classes report improved sleep, improved energy, decreased anxiety and depression and feel more hopeful and calm. Yoga and meditation can decrease anxiety and increase the mind-body connection when recovering from a brain injury.
We are pleased to offer three options for those wishing to explore the practice of yoga:
HEAD-ON Support Group
This peer-led support group is the longest-running peer support groups for brain injury survivors in all of Canada.
HEAD-ON meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Veterans Memorial Hospital in Halifax in Room 2655, 5955 Veterans Memorial Lane (at the end of Jubilee Road).
Young Persons Stroke Survivor Support Group
Stroke is a brain injury.
Recovering from stroke presents a variety of challenges depending on the nature of the stroke event. This group is offered to young people who are recovering from a stroke, led by stroke survivor Sarah Blanchard and meets monthly, typically at the Halifax Central Library.
Stroke Survivor Support Group
October 22, November 18, December 16
Halifax Central Library, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
(ask information for room number)
At the age of 29, Sarah Blanchard had a stroke that went undiagnosed for 5 days. Younger stroke survivors are often overcome by the emotional shock and social taboo of stroke, and this can leave them to feel misunderstood.
Survivors, family members, and caregivers are invited to join Sarah and share their lived experiences in a safe, understanding environment. This discussion group focuses on survivors who had their stroke under the age of 60 but is open to everyone.
For more information, please RSVP: email@example.com