We currently offer a Hybrid of IN-PERSON and ONLINE programs.

BIST provides programs and services to people living with the effects of brain injury and their families / caregivers.

After joining BIST our PROGRAMS are free and do not have a wait list.

Our Case Coordinators are largely supported by Supervised Social Work Students. People wishing to access these services may be placed on a wait list. We make every attempt to offer assistance in a timely manner.

Read our overview of BIST Support Supports, Services and Members Rights and Responsibilities, HERE.

Read our Accessibility Statement for our IN PERSON Programs, HERE.

Services

CASE COORDINATION SERVICES

BIST has two staff who provide case coordination services for people living with the effects of brain injury and other cognitive impairments.

Case coordination is for people who need assistance in securing housing, financial, medical and/or community support.

Community Coordinator: Neha Mistry: bistmneha@gmail.com

 

Special Projects

BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS MONTH

Every June, during Brain Injury Awareness Month, BIST organizes awareness events and a social media campaign dedicated to raising awareness about ABI – a condition more prevalent than MS, Breast Cancer and HIV/AIDS – combined.
Find out more, HERE.

EXPRESSIVE ART SHOW

Held annually, our ‘Art On The Brain’ Expressive Art Show features the strengths, talent, creativity and resistance of people who live with the effects of brain injury.
Find out more, HERE.

WWW.ABIJUSTICE.ORG

ABI Justice is the first and currently the only resource in Ontario that aims to decrease common barriers that become present for persons with brain injury when faced with legal matters.

Through simplified terms and brief education of the legal system and supporting resources; ABI Justice is a porthole for legal information as it pertains to those who have sustained or those who assist clients who live with a brain injury.

Find out more, HERE.

Programs

SUPPORT GROUPS & PEER SUPPORT

Brain Injury Survivor Support Group

Family and Friends Drop In – For people who CARE ABOUT individuals living with brain injury

Peer Support Program – For ABI survivors and caregivers

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Groups

Women’s Support Group 

WORKSHOPS & WEEKLY SERIES PROGRAMS 

BIST provides FREE annual workshops and weekly series programs (special programming which run for a limited number of consecutive weeks) for ABI caregivers and ABI survivors.

ABOUT OUR GENDER SPECIFIC PROGRAMMING

BIST aims to make our programs inclusive and a positive experience for all participants. Our gender-specific programs are open to adults 18 and over of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, gender and queer identities. This is inclusive of people within the trans communities. For example, trans women are welcome to our Women’s Support Group. Trans men are welcome to attend our Men’s Social Drop-In. People who identify as non-binary are welcome to attend groups of their choice.

Please contact our Communications and Programs Manager, Meri Perra, with any questions: mperra@bist.ca OR 416-407-6634.

Weekly Calendar

MONDAYS

Not So Blue Mondays – EVERY MONDAY, 1-2:30 PM – IN PERSON
No Programs on Holiday Mondays
 

TUESDAYS

1st & 3rd Tuesday of the Month – ABI Survivor Support Group

  • 1st Tuesday – ONLNE
  • 3rd Tuesday – IN PERSON

WEDNESDAYS

First Wednesday of the Month – Caregiver Drop In – for people who care about someone who lives with brain injury

Last Wednesday of the Month – Community Meeting – ONLINE (WINTER 2023)

THURSDAYS

1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month; 6:30 – 8 PM – Women’s Support Group

  • 1st Thursday – IN PERSON
  • 3rd Thursday – ONLINE

2nd & 3rd Thursday of the Month; 6:30 – 8 PM –  Men’s Social Drop-In 

  • 2nd Thursday – ONLINE
  • 3rd Thursday – IN PERSON

FRIDAYS

1st Friday of the Month; 3 – 5 PM – Community Outings – IN PERSON

Other Fridays – Freaky Fridays; 3 – 4:30 PM – IN PERSON at the BIST Office (unless otherwise stated)

BIST has helped me grow as a person.  Over the years, I have become a peer mentor, and I have helped others deal with their ABI and recover. I always loved ‘things’ before my accident, but I was taught by BIST to appreciate the littlest things in life. I do that now with all my heart. 

– Glenn, BIST Volunteer & Member

BIST has made a big difference for my social well-being. I was at home all the time feeling depressed, and that was not who I was. Now I’ve been given hope to get close to being myself again. I know now there is a society among BIST members I can talk to. I never have to feel alone as long as BIST is open to me.

 – Joan,  BIST Member

brain injury can happen to anyone