Acquired brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability for Canadians under the age of 40
The Victoria Brain Injury Society's (VBIS) mission is to support, educate, and advocate for adults with acquired brain injuries and their families; and to increase community awareness about acquired brain injuries.
We offer a range of programs- from individual and peer support to Equine Assisted Learning, Music Therapy, Mindfulness & Yoga, and courses designed to help individuals regain their independence and confidence while coping with life after concussion and brain injury.
Victoria Brain Injury Society (VBIS) gives survivors and their loved ones long-term support through the many steps, both backward and forward, of life after concussion and brain injury. From those just released from the hospital to those who have lived with their injuries for decades, survivors consistently express gratitude and relief once they’ve walked through the Society’s doors. Finally, people who “get it”!
We offer a safe place to interact with people who understand. Issues like poor memory, short tempers, inappropriate behaviors, difficulty speaking, and disorientation are accepted; coping strategies are shared.
Unprecedented acceptance is felt through the society – from fellow survivors, peer supporters, volunteers, and staff.
We provide a community for people who often feel they have become isolated from theirs post-injury. The confidence that comes from regular ventures to what many call the “brain club” frequently leads to more ease in public places and more confidence when participating in their own communities. Human contact is fostered.
Victoria Brain Injury Society makes a difference to those experiencing depression and anxiety, which is common for many survivors of concussion and brain injury. The Victoria Brain Injury Society is a place to be heard and accepted, a place to recognize again one’s value and worth, a place to ask questions for which there are few answers in the mainstream, and a place to meet friends.
Visit the Victoria Brain Injury Society website to access resources and hear more about our programs, support services, and values.
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“It’s not an exaggeration to say that VBIS changed my life - the people and programs have made it possible for me to understand and appreciate my brain, including the injured parts. Post-accident, that wasn’t something I could do until I became connected to them.”
“I have been a part of VBIS for over 2 years now. The programs, support, and understanding have been amazing. The society has taught me that I'm not alone in this, there is help and there are people that care for me. Through the programs I've been involved in, I've also had the privilege to meet the most amazing group of peers, who have been a great support for me. The Victoria Brain Injury Society programs are the highlights of my week.”
“I came to the brain injury society so confused and heartbroken about my injury. VBIS was able to help me understand myself and how to live again. I did not think it was possible to keep going with life in the dark. VBIS was a light that helped me get my life back together and helped me find a way to pull myself out of that dark place. The volunteers and staff are so amazing and I've gained so much through programs and workshops like Coping, ABI and especially the Music Therapy program. I've met so many wonderful people here. Thank you so much.”