Coping with SCI/Family & Friends

Support Groups

A support group may be one of the most important things in the healing process post-SCI. While the right wheelchair and an accessible home are important, finding a group of people you can relate to is just as important.  Support groups can help you except your new situation, find your confidence again and help you become more social.

Unfortunately, many people with new spinal cord injuries avoid other people in wheelchairs. Many don't want to belong to this new world, and it can take years to accept these great people as comrades, and not seen as the enemy. A spinal cord injury support group can help you find a happier life sooner than you'd ever think possible.

Life is too short to let your injury to take away any more time from your life, or happiness. Below, please watch a video showing how a support group helped one injured man from Canada in a huge way. Also, a listing of state-by-state spinal cord injury support groups can be found below.

Video: Why peer support is important for people with spinal cord injuries

Takeaway Points:

  • Find your confidence again
  • Interact with people better
  • Heal by talking with others who know exactly what you're going through
  • Discover adapted sports
  • Let go of anger
  • Become more social
  • Support yourself by helping new injuries
  • Rediscover "you"

Spinal Cord Injury Support Groups