March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month
Every day, approximately 153 people in America die from injuries related to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Yearly, brain injuries account for more than 2,500,000 emergency room visits and 282,000 hospitalizations.
While many will quickly recover from the most common form of TBI – frequently referred to as a concussion – millions each year experience long-term symptoms and even disability from injuries or complications relating to their brain injuries.
To help raise awareness of these injuries, the Brain Injury Association of America has observed Brain Injury Awareness Month in March for more than three decades.
This year’s campaign is called #ChangeYourMind, as the group focuses on the stigma surrounding brain injuries and the disenfranchisement experienced by many living with brain injuries.
Specifically, the group says they are hoping to accomplish three things this year:
- De-stigmatizing brain injury through outreach within the brain injury community
- Empowering those who have survived brain injury and their caregivers
- Promoting the many types of support that are available to people living with brain injury
While we work every day to raise awareness and support for brain injuries – along with providing treatment and rehabilitation services – NRI will be observing Brain Injury Awareness Month with news and articles focusing on the daily lives of those with brain injuries and the stigma surrounding living with long-term brain injury.