Change Your Mind: Brain Injury Awareness Month
Brain injuries are one of the most potentially devastating injuries a person can suffer. These injuries are much more widespread than most people realize. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, a brain injury occurs every 9 seconds in the United States. At least 2.5 million people suffer a brain injury each year. Falls account for the largest share of brain injuries, while motor vehicle accidents and assaults account for a substantial percentage. One of every 60 people in the U.S. live with some brain injury-related disability. The effects of these injuries are substantial. Of the 2.5 million injured annually, 280,000 of those require hospitalization, while over 50,000 die.
These injuries can not only turn a person’s life upside down, but they often affect others. Parents, spouses, siblings, friends, and coworkers can all be touched by the impact of brain injuries. In recognition of this serious injury and its sweeping effects, March is designated as Brain Injury Awareness Month. Each March, the Brain Injury Association of America leads a nationwide campaign to empower the community and destigmatize brain injury.
There are a number of ways you can join Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo support this important cause. One way is to increase your understanding of brain injuries. Visit the Brain Injury Association of America or check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more. You can also help spread the word and increase support on social media. During the entire month, use the hashtag #ChangeYourMind to help alert your friends and family to this important cause. You can also volunteer some of your time at a local health care provider such as Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, which serves those with brain injuries.
No matter how you choose to help, your efforts will go a long way in helping create a better understanding of brain injuries!