The Brain Injury Association of Canada, its partners and community of survivors, caregivers and health professionals, have designated June as National Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada. The goal is to increase general awareness across Canada of the effects and causes of acquired brain injury. In fact, every month should be Brain Injury Awareness Month.
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.
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 accidents, sports injuries, cycling accidents, falls, strokes, tumors, aneurysms, and other non-degenerative conditions are all leading causes of acquired Brain Injury in Canada.
Statistics from Ontario Brain Injury Association provide insight into just how pervasiveness brain injuries are in our community. Consider that:
• Within the next hour, 6 Canadians will suffer a brain injury
• An estimated 1.3 million Canadians are living with an acquired brain injury right now
• 1 in 10 people will know someone who will suffer a brain injury this year
• Brain injuries are the number one killer and disabler of people under the age of 44
• More than 18,000 Ontarians will suffer a brain injury this year
• 1 in 5 sports related injuries are head injuries
It is important to understand that a brain injury can occur without any visible damage to the head. Some signs or symptoms may appear immediately after the traumatic event, while others may appear much later.
A little awareness can make a lifetime of difference