March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
Join us in observing “Brain Injury Awareness Month.” Each year, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) conducts an awareness campaign in March, with the theme of this year’s campaign being “Change Your Mind.”
The #ChangeYourMind public awareness campaign provides a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. The goals of this campaign to raise awareness include:
- 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
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology, caused by an external force. TBIs have become the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, with approximately 20 percent of veterans having reported experiencing a TBI. It is also prevalent in the civilian population. Each year, at least 2.5 million children and adults suffer from a TBI in the United States. Of those, 50,000 die and 280,000 require hospital admission, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
To ensure the future holds improved care for those with brain injuries, we are dedicated to fast-tracking the development of diagnostic tests and personalized therapeutics for the millions of veterans and civilians suffering from the devastating effects of trauma on the brain.