Living with Paralysis Support Group

Hosted by: Smorris112
Meeting Details
Start Time:
Free
Category: paralysis
Topic: Living with Paraplegia
Focus: Support and Information for those living with Paraplegia

Living with Paralysis Support Group

Description

Life with paralysis can present many challenges, whether you are newly injured or have been living with paralysis for years. These meetings will provide an opportunity for group members to gain insight, guidance and support from others who understand what they are going through. The meetings will begin with a discussion about a topic related to living with paralysis and then move to an open forum conversation among group members. This meeting is open specifically to people living with paraplegia.

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

 Mission

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by advancing innovative research and improving quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis.

Paralysis Resource Center

The Reeve Foundation's Paralysis Resource Center is a free, comprehensive, national source of information and support for people living with paralysis and their family members/caregivers.  The Paralysis Resource Center offers a variety of services and resources, including a team of information specialists trained to help individuals living with paralysis and their families locate information and resources; a national peer-to-peer mentoring program; a military and veterans program designed to support the needs of current service members and veterans; and the Paralysis Resource Guide, a free 442-page book that is a comprehensive, illustrated information tool for people affected by paralysis and for those who care for them. 

Support Groups

The Reeve Foundation's Living with Paralysis and Caring for a Family Member Living with Paralysis support groups provide an opportunity for members to connect with others who understand what they are going through and to gain support, insight and guidance. Separate groups are held for individuals living with quadriplegia, those living with paraplegia, and family members/caregivers so that meetings can focus on the unique needs and challenges of each.  Group meetings are led by two facilitators: a mental health professional and a peer with lived experience.  Each meeting begins with discussion of a topic related to living with paralysis or caregiving followed by an open forum conversation among group members.  

Disclaimer

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation’s support groups provide support and education for individuals living with paralysis and their family members/caregivers.  These groups are led by a team of two facilitators: a mental health professional and a peer with lived experience.  While the support groups can provide psychoeducational information and support, they do not provide any type of clinical or therapeutic services, interventions or treatments nor do they provide diagnosis of any type of mental or physical condition.  Please consult with your physician or other appropriate medical or mental health professional before making any changes to your medical or mental health care or routines based on discussions held in the support groups.  If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or others or thoughts of suicide, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

This project was supported, in part, by grant number 90PRRC0002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201.

Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.