Every March the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) recognized Brain Injury Awareness Month to raise awareness of traumatic brain injuries. The organization’s goal is “to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education, and to improve the quality of life for all individuals impacted by brain injury.” The theme for 2015 to 2017 is “Not Alone”. In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month, post-acute rehabilitation programs raise awareness of the importance of diagnosis and treatment of brain injuries.
Brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in people from ages 1 to 44 and are often caused by sports injuries, motor vehicle crashes, and falls. Every year around 52,000 lives are claimed by traumatic brain injury (TBI). A traumatic brain injury can change a person drastically, forcing them to re-learn even a simple task. People who have to live with a TBI must overcome a plethora of obstacles in order to live a normal life.
The National Museum of Health and Medicine at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC hosts Brain Awareness Week during Brain Injury Awareness Month with hands-on activities for school children on topics like brain anatomy and neuroscience to raise awareness of the cause. It teaches students how a brain injury can affect a person’s speech, hearing, language, and motor skills. Their goal is to educate youth so that they have a better understanding of TBI and what that means for a person.
The BIAA website is a great resource of information on everything from how to live with a brain injury to the difference between a healthy brain and an injured brain. They run a community outreach program with the goal of removing the stigma surrounding brain injuries, promote the support available to TBI survivors, and empower those who have survived. You can help raise awareness of TBI using posters, social media, and pre-recorded PSAs.