Programs and Services
CVHIS offers a variety of free programs and services to acquired brain injury survivors, their families, and friends.
CVHIS provides confidential, one-to-one support services for acquired brain injury survivors and family caregivers in the Comox Valley. Individual services are provided on a drop-in basis and by appointment.
Many individuals use our services to:
- Learn more about brain injuries and strategies for managing brain injury symptoms
- Receive assistance with problem solving and life skills
- Obtain referrals to community service providers
- Receive support from an empathetic listener
- Learn about income supports for people with disabilities and receive support with disability applications
- Receive assistance with affordable housing applications and managing tenancy related conflicts
- Receive assistance filing income taxes
Brain Injury Survivor’s Peer Support Group
The Brain Injury Survivors Peer Support Group provides an opportunity for survivors to meet for socialization in a peer environment. The group runs every Wednesday from 1pm – 2pm and offers a venue for survivors to socialize and meet friends. All acquired brain injury survivors are welcome.
Peer Support is also available during drop-in hours. Peer support is offered by Survivors with Acquired Brain Injury that have been trained to offer support services.
If you are interested in becoming a peer supporter, please contact us for more information.
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 is facilitated by a licensed counsellor and promotes skill building for enhancing caregiver wellbeing. The group is held on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 pm. The group is held offsite in the Resonance Arts activity room, situated at 491-A 4th Street, Courtenay. Entrance is off the back parking lot – door 491-E.
Family Counselling Program
The Family Counselling Program offers free clinical counselling for family members, and caregivers who provide care to acquired brain injury and stroke survivors or survivors.
CVHIS developed this program to support the needs of the many family members or caregivers in our community whose mental health and wellbeing has been impacted by the challenging experience of providing care to brain injury survivors. This program is particularly suited to family members or caregivers experiencing: depression, anxiety, stress, fatigue, anger, grief and social isolation.
The primary intended outcome of this program is to promote the mental health and wellbeing of families and caregivers, caregiving for acquired brain injury survivors by offering a free counselling resource tailored to their specific caregiver needs.
- The participant must be a resident of the Comox Valley
- The family caregiver must provide care to an acquired brain injury survivor (includes stroke)
This program runs on a weekly basis and is conducted by a registered clinical counsellor.
If you would like to learn more about this program, please contact us for more information.
Drop In Lunch Program
Every Tuesday 11:30am – 1pm 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 the general public are welcome
Family Members/Professionals $4.00
CVHIS also offers seasonal and ad hoc recreational activities throughout the year, including:
Blazing Paddles Dragon Boat Team has been paddling in the Comox Valley for 9 years.
For the past 6 years, the team has partnered with the Comox Valley Head Injury Society to provide weekly paddling to the society’s members during the summer and get together for social events during the winter.
Dragon boating is a sport that provides various benefits. Apart from improving overall body strength and co-ordination, it encourages a team spirit in that 20 paddlers need to work together to make the boat move efficiently. Most of all, it is FUN! Every year, there is a party in the middle of the season, so members of the Ladies’ Recreational boat can get to know the Head Injury participants.
- Hiking, cross-country skiing and other outdoor activities
- Barbeques, picnics and coffee outings
CVHIS acknowledges the financial assistance of the Government of British Columbia, the BC Brain Injury Alliance, United Way, March of Dimes and the Vancouver Island Health Authority Brain Injury Program.