Brain Injury Resources
Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado
Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado – “the go-to resource for help and services for survivors of an injury to the brain, their families, and providers.”
Brain Injury Association of America
Brain Injury Association of America “Our mission is to be the voice of brain injury. Through advocacy, education, and research, we bring help, hope, and healing to millions of individuals living with brain injury, their families, and the professionals who serve them.”
Brain Base App
Brain Base from the App Store combines education, advocacy, and scholarship to connect brain injury survivors, families, and practitioners with necessary health information and resources. Locate health facilities, find services, and engage in educational trainings to promote best practices in the field. Search “brain base” in the App Store to download this free five-star app.
Colorado State University Brain Injury Community
Colorado State University Brain Injury Community “Uniting students who have had a brain injury, creating a community for growth, friendship, and support through the challenges that brain injuries present.”
MINDSOURCE Brain Injury Network
MINDSOURCE Brain Injury Network, Colorado Department of Human Services “manages the Colorado TBI Trust Fund, provides training and technical assistance and manages the federal TBI grant. MINDSOURCE provides support for all aspects of the brain injury community from public policy and research to technical assistance and brain injury information and education.”
Rocky Mountain MIRECC TBI Toolkit
Rocky Mountain MIRECC TBI Toolkit, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “Provides information to address the needs of individuals with a history of TBI and co-occurring mental health conditions. For Veterans, Families, Caregivers, and Providers.”
In her 2003 Psychology Today article, The Art of Resiliency, Hara Estroff Marano writes, “At the heart of resilience is a belief in oneself—yet also a belief in something larger than oneself. Resilient people do not let adversity define them. They find resilience by moving towards a goal beyond themselves, transcending pain and grief by perceiving bad times as a temporary state of affairs.”
Resilience is bending with the wind, adapting to circumstances, transcending adversity. It can mean the difference between “making it or breaking it,” quite literally. Most of us naturally possess at least one or two resilient characteristics, but often lack others. The good news is that resilient characteristics can be learned and cultivated through practice.