While COVID-19 is forcing us to stay physically distanced, Synapse is making sure that people living with brain injury stay connected and socially active. We’ve made changes to our programs and now offer more services online as part of our COVID-19 response.
Our Reconnections peer support group is a space for people living with brain injury to connect with other individuals living with brain injury. We have a Reconnections Facebook group where members share their experiences. Within this group we are running online catch ups hosted by our Family Liaison Officers.
There will be a once a month online presentation to the Reconnections group where a subject matter expert will present on a topic, and then host a question and answer session afterwards. This first monthly presentation will be from Michael Riley from Relationships Australia who will be talking about emotional intelligence.
We also have monthly Reconnections meet-ups near Parramatta, Gosford, Taree and Port which usually take place in person. Since in person meetings aren’t possible at the moment, the meetings are taking place online via Zoom.
As well as the Reconnections Facebook group and online meetings, we also have our Facebook group for carers and our Synapse Forum.
Are you living with a brain injury and experiencing isolation due to COVID-19?
We’d love to hear from you on what you are currently doing to handle the isolation brought about by COVID-19. Your valued feedback will help us to support others living with brain injury through this difficult time.
Our Facebook groups are moderated by Synapse staff with either lived experience or a wealth of knowledge about brain injury. In addition to regular social discussion, there will be regular Facebook live interviews on a range of topics, as well as online group meetings. The Facebook groups are ‘closed’ to ensure the privacy of participants.
We currently operate two Facebook groups:
Synapse Reconnections – for people living with a brain injury
Synapse Reconnections (Carers) – for carers and family members of those impacted by brain injury
Synapse Online Forum
For those who prefer a more in-depth conversation, anonymity or who don’t like using social media, the Synapse Online Forum is a place for people living with brain injury and their carers/families to connect with others, to ask questions of the professionals at Synapse and to find information more easily.