Just because you live in a state without an in-person spinal cord injury support group doesn’t mean you're out of luck. Many spinal cord injury support groups offer virtual participation. From support groups organized by hospitals to support groups from nonprofit organizations, read on to discover the best virtual spinal cord injury support groups available.
One of the most well known as spinal cord injury hospitals in the New York area is Mount Sinai. They offer a variety of virtual support groups and classes to improve the quality of life of those with SCI. They offer 9 different classes Monday through Friday, each an hour long, and they can be accessed via Zoom.
Their classes include Meditation, Sitness! SCI Exercise class, SCI Transitions Support, Woman on Wheels, Family Support, Sitness! SCI Boxing Class, Virtual Zumba Zoom, Adapted Boxing and their SCI Peer Support, which is every Friday from 12-1pm. To see descriptions of their support groups and classes and to request a Zoom link, visit Mount Sinai’s Support Group Page: https://labs.icahn.mssm.edu/brycelab/weekly-virtual-events/
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation has offered in-person peer support, as well as support over the phone, for years. They now offer virtual peer support which was launched in 2021. Using the Hey Peers! virtual platform, used by some of the world's biggest nonprofits, they offer support groups for people with quadriplegia, paraplegia, as well as family members and caregivers.
Each support group is led by two facilitators: a mental health professional and someone with a spinal cord injury. Their support groups meet twice a month and in the evenings, around 6 or 7pm EST, making it easy for those who who work during the day to attend. To learn more and to register for support groups from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, click here: https://www.heypeers.com/organizations/99#list
SCI Boston, also known as the Greater Boston Chapter of the United Spinal Association, offers 11 virtual support groups for people with spinal cord injuries on a wide variety of topics. The support groups are: Women with SCI, SCI Nutrition, Significant Others, Spanish Speakers, Newly Injured, "After Dark" Discussions for Female Significant Others, "After Dark" Discussions for Men with SCI, SCI Discussion Group, Friends and Family, Children of a Parent with SCI and "After Dark" Discussions for Women with SCI.
To find the Zoom links and other information needed to join (as well as a phone number if you do not have a computer), click here: https://www.sciboston.org/groups. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
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