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Survivor Programs

We offer a variety of programs and support groups, ranging from educational to social & recreational, all of which are offered at no cost to participants.


We work with our staff & volunteers to offer a network of support groups, services, and chapters across Nova Scotia. Connecting with others with similar experiences can be invaluable to the recovery process.

Many of our programs are facilitated by volunteers & peers, and are an important part of building a community of support for brain injury survivors and their families.

For more information on participating in any of our programs or groups, please continue reading the page below or contact us by calling 902-422-5000 or emailing info@braininjuryns.com


In addition to our programs, we offer resources and education/training sessions for survivors, free of charge.

Peer Support Groups

Halifax/Metro (click for more information)

  • Concussion Cafe, 7:00-8:30 p.m., last Tuesday of each month.
  • Coffee Chats, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., every Friday.
  • HEAD-ON, suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.

Annapolis Valley Chapter

  • Wednesdays and Fridays, 2-4 p.m, suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.

Truro Chapter

  • First Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.

Bridgewater Chapter

  • Last Monday of each month, 7 p.m., suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.

Peer Support Groups

Halifax/Metro (click for more information)

  • Concussion Cafe, 7:00-8:30 p.m., last Tuesday of each month.
  • Coffee Chats, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., every Friday.
  • HEAD-ON, suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.

Annapolis Valley Chapter

  • Wednesdays and Fridays, 2-4 p.m, suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.

Truro Chapter

  • First Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.

Bridgewater Chapter

  • Last Monday of each month, 7 p.m., suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.

Yoga for Acquired Brain Injury

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 in-person, live online, and on-demand options for those wishing to explore the practice of yoga:

Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 pm., Hybrid in-person (1658 Bedford Hwy, Unit 290.) and Zoom

Click below for more information, or to receive the Zoom link to an upcoming session (completely free of charge to participate):

Pre-recorded classes, available on-demand on our YouTube channel – Click here to view the playlist >

Yoga for Acquired Brain Injury

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 live online, and on-demand options for those wishing to explore the practice of yoga:

Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 pm., Hybrid in-person (1658 Bedford Hwy, Unit 290.) and Zoom

Click below for more information, or to receive the Zoom link to an upcoming session (completely free of charge to participate):

Pre-recorded classes, available on-demand on our YouTube channel – Click here to view the playlist >

Concussion Café

A peer-led group that provides a safe space for survivors (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-lead support and discussion group is for concussion survivors at any stage of their concussion – all are welcome!

Connect with others going through similar experiences – share stories, solutions, challenges, and successes on your recovery journey. 

Join us online from anywhere in NS for our Zoom gatherings! Click below to join the meeting (completely free of charge to participate):

Concussion Café Pop-Ups

Our Concussion Café Program is getting ready to travel! We can offer a pop-up Concussion Café session in your community. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact info@braininjuryns.com

Concussion Café

A peer-led group that provides a safe space for survivors (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-lead support and discussion group is for concussion survivors at any stage of their concussion – all are welcome!

Connect with others going through similar experiences – share stories, solutions, challenges, and successes on your recovery journey. 

Join us online from anywhere in NS for our Zoom gatherings! Click below to join the meeting (completely free of charge to participate):

Music Therapy

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. You can participate even if you do not have any instruments at home.

We offer two separate groups for our Music Therapy program:

Group 1: Music & Feelings, Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m: This group will focus on a discussion of feelings connected to mental health, self-care and wellness. Discussion topics could include hope, positivity, gratitude; or fear, sadness, and anxiety. We will use music improvisation, songwriting and pre-composed songs to further process these feelings and aim to connect to your inner calm, strength and compassion.
Group 2: Music & Creative Expression, Wednesdays 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: This group will focus on how the meaningful music in our life relates to personal music preferences, stories and identity. This group will give you the opportunity to listen and actively partake in creating music through singing and playing instruments (if you have any instruments in your home).

Space is limited – book your spot today (completely free to participate):

Music Therapy

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. You can participate even if you do not have any instruments at home.

We offer two separate groups for our Music Therapy program:

Group 1: Music & Feelings, Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m: This group will focus on a discussion of feelings connected to mental health, self-care and wellness. Discussion topics could include hope, positivity, gratitude; or fear, sadness, and anxiety. We will use music improvisation, songwriting and pre-composed songs to further process these feelings and aim to connect to your inner calm, strength and compassion.
Group 2: Music & Creative Expression, Wednesdays 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: This group will focus on how the meaningful music in our life relates to personal music preferences, stories and identity. This group will give you the opportunity to listen and actively partake in creating music through singing and playing instruments (if you have any instruments in your home).

Space is limited – book your spot today (completely free to participate):

Weekly Coffee Chats

Going out with a friend for a cup of coffee isn’t always an option during these complicated times, but you can still connect with your community through a new weekly Zoom coffee chat program! Make yourself a cup of coffee or tea and hop on Zoom to join us Fridays at 11 a.m. for a peer-led discussion about…well, anything! Click below to learn more or join an upcoming meeting (completely free of charge to participate):

Weekly Coffee Chats

Going out with a friend for a cup of coffee isn’t always an option during these complicated times, but you can still connect with your community through a new weekly Zoom coffee chat program! Make yourself a cup of coffee or tea and hop on Zoom to join us Fridays at 11 a.m. for a peer-led discussion about…well, anything! Click below to learn more or join an upcoming meeting (completely free of charge to participate):

Brain Matters

A new, intimate support group offered at our new office in the Bedford NeuroCommons every Thursday from 1-3PM (drop-in)

Join Shelley Pick, Community Educator & Chaplain, Marlee Smith, Navigator for Brain Injury NS, and other survivors in an unstructured, intimate support space to discuss all things brain injury. Drop-in anytime between 1-3PM.

Brain Matters

A new, intimate support group offered at our new office in the Bedford NeuroCommons every Thursday from 1-3PM (drop-in)

Join Shelley Pick, Community Educator & Chaplain, Marlee Smith, Navigator for Brain Injury NS, and other survivors in an unstructured, intimate support space to discuss all things brain injury. Drop-in anytime between 1-3PM.

Walk and Talk

Join other survivors and family members every Wednesday at 2 PM at our indoor winter location, the Zatzman Sportsplex, for our weekly walk and talk

Walk and Talk

Join other survivors and family members every Wednesday at 2 PM at our indoor winter location, the Zatzman Sportsplex, for our weekly walk and talk

Virtual Checkpoint

Join us from anywhere in Nova Scotia for our new Virtual Checkpoint with Community Educator, Shelley Pick and Navigator, Marlee Smith on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 2-3PM via Zoom! Talk about all things brain injury and hear from others with similar experiences.

Virtual Checkpoint

Join us from anywhere in Nova Scotia for our new Virtual Checkpoint with Community Educator, Shelley Pick and Navigator, Marlee Smith on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 2-3PM via Zoom! Talk about all things brain injury and hear from others with similar experiences.

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 meetings are suspended until further notice amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage people to stay connected through our Concussion Cafe and Weekly Coffee Chats programs until Head-On can meet again.

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 meetings are suspended until further notice amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage people to stay connected through our Concussion Cafe and Weekly Coffee Chats programs until Head-On can meet again.