Faithful At Home Care recognizes March as National Brain Injury Awareness Month – a time to observe the growing frequency of traumatic brain injuries and to help make lives better for people who have sustained this kind of trauma. Traumatic brain injury is a serious condition, and many are not aware of the full scope of its effects.
Many times, people can be unsure about what to do during an “awareness month.” Here are a few ways to get involved during Brain Injury Awareness Month:
Learn about traumatic brain injury. A great start is to visit the website of the Brain Injury Association of America.
- Donate. Find a non-profit or health organization you trust and donate to brain injury research or services. Be sure to thoroughly research any organization before donating.
Attend an awareness event.
- Check your local listings for any Brain Injury related events that may be planned.
- Volunteer. Lend your time to an organization or health care agency that serves those with traumatic brain injury. Many organizations are always looking for good volunteers!
- Help an individual or family in need. There is a good chance you know someone with a traumatic brain injury or know someone who is caring for a loved one who has experienced this kind of trauma. Ask specifically how you can help. It can be something as simple as bringing a home-cooked meal once a month.
- Tell your story. If you or someone you love is affected by traumatic brain injury, one of the most powerful ways you can help is by telling your story. By sharing your experience, you are passing along valuable advice and support.
Some Brain Injury statistics* to note:
• At least 2.5 million people sustain brain injuries in the U.S. each year
• 50,000 die as a result of sustaining a brain injury
• Every 13 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a brain injury
• At least 5.3 million people in the U.S. live with brain injury-related disabilities
*© Brain Injury Association of America