The Brain Injury Association of Canada, its partners and community of survivors, caregivers and health professionals, designates June as National Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada to highlight awareness on the effects and causes of acquired brain injury across Canada. It is estimated that close to 4% of Canadians are living with an acquired brain injury.
As incredible as this may sound, brain injury in Canada is a silent epidemic. In Canada, brain injury is the number one killer and disabler of people under the age of 44. Statistics further indicate that incidences are two times greater within the male population.
Acquired brain injury is defined as a non-degenerative and non-congenital insult to the brain that may result in a diminished or altered state of consciousness, and result in impaired cognitive, physical, emotional and/or behavioural functioning.
The social, emotional and economic consequences of brain injury are in fact devastating not only to the survivors themselves, but to family members, caregivers, support workers and the community at large – everyone involved with working towards neuro-rehabilitation and recovery . And currently, there are no drugs or techniques that can cure a brain injury.
Automobile and pedestrian incidents, sports injuries (a concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury), cycling incidents, victims of crime, falls, tumours, aneurysms, and other non-degenerative conditions are all leading causes of brain acquired Brain Injury in Canada.
The Brain Injury Association of Canada urges all Canadians to become involved with grassroot brain injury associations and to listen to survivor stories and family members speak about the support and guidance they have received. Their true life stories will fascinate you. Their courage and determination is really quite remarkable.
As well, the Association asks all Canadians, children, youth, parents and seniors, to help prevent acquired brain injuries this summer and all year round by wearing helmets while cycling, rollerblading, skateboarding, ATVing, skiing, snowboarding, skating, playing ice hockey, tobogganing and for all automobile drivers to follow the rules of the road.
For more information on acquired brain injury and its prevention visit these links.
What is a Brain Injury? (pdf)
Some of the Many Sides, and Challenges of Acquired Brain Injury
The Brain Injury Association of Canada
A child takes a fall… then her schoolwork begins to suffer
Traumatic Brain Injury