Do you know how many Canadians are affected by a traumatic brain injury? According to Brain Injury Canada, over one million Canadians live with an acquired brain injury. Also, every year, about 160,000 children, adolescents and adults sustain brain injuries as a result of a fall, a motor vehicle accident, an assault, or as a result of participating in sports and recreational activities.
The severity of a traumatic brain injury varies from one person to another and is generally graded as mild, moderate or severe. For some, physical, cognitive as well as emotional and behavioural symptoms can be debilitating and have a significant impact on their quality of life. Others, at times with the help of rehabilitation, are able to resume their pre-incident activities.
The occurrence of acquired brain injuries is increasing. Despite the growing public health and safety concern, no national strategy has been implemented for individuals affected by an acquired brain injury. However, there are various local, provincial and national organizations who have been actively promoting awareness, providing support and educating communities about brain injuries. As a result of their initiative, the month of June has been designated as “Brain Injury Awareness Month”.
In the spirit of Brain Injury Awareness Month, please join us on June 15, 2016 for the 8th Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day. Invited guests will include brain injury survivors and their family members, healthcare professionals, educators, personal injury lawyers and many others committed to the prevention and rehabilitation of individuals affected by a traumatic brain injury. For more information, please see the event flyer here.