Programs and Services

CVHIS offers a variety of free programs and services to acquired brain injury survivors, their families, and friends.

Individual Support

Group Programs:

Brain Injury Survivor’s Support Group

Caregiver’s Support Group

Family Counselling Program

Lunch Program

Wellness Activities

Education and Awareness

Individual Support

CVHIS provides confidential, one-to-one support services for acquired brain injury survivors and family caregivers in the Comox Valley. Individual services are provided by appointment.

Many individuals use our services to:

  • Learn more about brain injuries and strategies for managing symptoms
  • Receive assistance with applications for disability, housing, CPP, and/or income tax
  • Obtain referrals to other community service providers

Group Programs

Brain Injury Survivor’s Support Group

The Brain Injury Survivors Support Group provides an opportunity for survivors to meet for socialization in a peer environment. The group runs every Wednesday from 1pm – 2pm. All acquired brain injury survivors are welcome.

Caregiver’s Support Group

The Caregivers Support Group is designed for individuals who provide caring and support to a loved one with an acquired brain injury (family and friends are welcome). The Caregivers Support Group recognizes that brain injuries seriously impact families and those who provide care to brain injury survivors and offers a safe place for participants to discuss the stresses, challenges and rewards of family caregiving. This support group meets monthly and is facilitated by a licensed counsellor and promotes skill building for enhancing caregiver wellbeing. Contact CVHIS for further information.

Family Counselling Program

The Family Counselling Program offers up to 10 free 1 on 1 clinical counselling sessions for head injury survivors, family members, and caregivers.

CVHIS developed this program to support the needs of head injury survivors, family members or caregivers in our community whose mental health and wellbeing has been impacted. This program is particularly suited to those experiencing: depression, anxiety, stress, fatigue, anger, grief and social isolation.

Program Eligibility for Participants:

  • Must be a resident of the Comox Valley
  • Must have completed an intake/application with CVHIS

This program runs on a weekly basis and we work with two registered clinical counsellors.

If you would like to learn more about this program, please contact us for more information.

Lunch Program

Eat In/Take out Lunch Program

Every Tuesday 11:30am – 12:30pm, at the Courtenay Legion

367 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay

Use the ramp in the back parking area.

  • Food and Fellowship
  • Cognitive and social skills development
  • Survivors, family members, professional caregivers and guests of survivors are welcome
  • Take out lunch is available to all participants, for those wishing to dine-in, proof of covid vaccination is required

Survivors $2.00

Family Members/Guests $5.00

Wellness Activities

CVHIS also offers a variety of activies,  they may include:

  • Yoga
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Music and Art Therapy

Art therapy can include painting, drawing, printing or clay studio work.

Music therapy has included ukulele, drumming, singing and even jam sessions.

  • Peer Support Coffee and Chat

A casual outdoor coffee and social with fellow survivors.  Check the Calendar for dates and times.

  • Annual Summer Barbeque

Education and Awareness

Part of CVHIS’ mission is to increase awareness of Brain Injury Prevention and through education support those who have Brain Injuries.

This is accomplished by the following:

  • Presentations
  • Awareness Campaigns
  • Community Engagement Events
  • P.A.R.T.Y. program, presented by VIHA
  • Life After Brain Injury Workshops for Survivors
  • Brain Injury Identification Cards

A free ID card that summarizes a survivor’s brain injury symptoms, it is used by CVHIS participants to inform and  communicate with community members, front line service workers and authority figures that the person has a Brain Injury.  It is through the use of the card that CVHIS is looking to improve mental health and safety for all parties. This is NOT an authorized photo ID card.

CVHIS acknowledges the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia, Vancouver Island Health Authority Brain Injury Program, BC Brain Injury Alliance, United Way, Comox Valley Community Foundation, and ICBC. CVHIS would also like to thank the many individuals and businesses in the Comox Valley that have donated generously to our Society.