Brain Injury Awareness Month is observed in March every year. It is that time of the year when everyone in the United States comes together and joins hands to draw attention to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its prevention. During the entire month, people advocate different ways to improve the quality of life of those living with such injuries and their families seeing their loved ones fighting with it. This awareness month is a month-long campaign devoted to raising awareness and providing high-quality care to the survivors. This entire month not just works to serve people in the present but also aims to improve outcomes for the future.
Every year, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in honoring Brain Injury Awareness Month. They serve and represent individuals, families, and those affected by a life-altering, often fatal, brain injury (TBI). It is the nation's oldest and largest brain injury advocacy organization dedicated to providing access to high-quality healthcare services and works to boost awareness and understanding of brain damage.
Although we are halfway through the month, it's never too late to participate. Here we will discuss Brain Injury Awareness Month, the theme for 2022, why you should be a part of the celebration, how you can contribute, and more. Read on and come forward to join the #MoreThanMyBrainInjury campaign. Take part and share your message!
An Overview Of Brain Injury
A brain injury affects how a person reacts, feels, and thinks. It holds the power to transform everything in a person. While such injuries can be hereditary, most of them occur after birth. The injuries that are neither genetic, congenital, degenerative or the result of birth trauma are known as acquired brain injury (ABI). The ABIs alter the neuronal activity of the brain and impacts the metabolic activity, functional ability, as well as physical integrity of the nerve cells. Such injuries are further classified into Traumatic and Non-traumatic brain injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injuries or TBI are the ones that are caused by the external force on the brain. They are usually caused by falls, gunshot wounds, assault or child abuse, domestic violence, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, etc. On the other hand, non-traumatic injuries are brain damage caused by an internal force. Such injuries occur due to stroke, meningitis, electric shock, drug overdose, tumors, lack of oxygen, etc.
In order to cure the medical condition, it is vital to know its presence. While injuries through accidents are external and can be seen with naked eyes, the ones that impact the brain inside need to be diagnosed by understanding the symptoms. Here are some of the common symptoms:
1. Falling unconscious
2. Balancing problems
3. Change in vision
4. Poor coordination
6. Body numbness
7. Vomiting and slow breathing rate
8. Paralysis attack
9. Difficulty speaking and more.
If you suspect any of the symptoms, it is crucial to consult the doctor and get it checked. Always remember, “The best protection is early detection.”
If a person is diagnosed with any sort of brain injury, it is important to get treated on time. Since no two people can be alike, no two brain injuries are the same. However, some common treatments include staying in rehabilitation centers, getting community-based treatment, taking medications, and getting brain surgery.
Brain Injury Awareness Month Theme For 2022
Every year, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) picks a unique theme and hosts all the events around it. In 2021, they decided on "More Than My Brain Injury" as the theme they will follow for the next three consecutive years. So, for the year 2022, this theme will continue.
This theme aims to provide people with opportunities to overcome the set labels of society and tell their own stories to change the narrative of their life. Along with this, the theme aims to increase the understanding of brain injuries and reduce the stigma linked to them. It also showcases the different types of injuries and how they can be taken care of.
Importance Of Brain Injury Awareness Month: Why Do We Observe?
A brain injury is unpredictable and can change everything, from how a person thinks to how they react to situations, in just a matter of seconds. Every year, millions of people experience such traumatic injuries. It is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, with at least 2.8 million people fighting the battle every year. Such brain injuries can impact anyone, irrespective of age or gender. This makes it crucial for everyone to come together, more than ever, and talk about it. Besides, brain injuries are highly misunderstood and misdiagnosed, which adds to the importance of awareness month. With this in mind, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) came forward to shed light on brain injuries and how a person can prevent or take care of themselves on Brain Injury Awareness Month.
Ways to Honor Brain Injury Awareness Month
Are you wondering how you can be a part of this year’s campaign? Since most people are unsure what to do during an "awareness month,” we will suggest some ideal ways to get involved on Brain Injury Awareness Month.
1. Educate Yourself And Others
The primary aim of celebrating Brain Injury Awareness Month is to spread awareness and educate people about this health condition. This is why you must take out some time and learn about the injury types, their treatment, diagnosis, legal options, and more. If you are eager to learn, the internet is packed with resources that you can access to expand your knowledge. Also, share these resources with others and talk to your loved ones about the same.
2. Spread Awareness On Social Media
While you can spread awareness by talking to people, this will limit the number of individuals you educate. However, you can speak to thousands of people and educate them using social media platforms. For this, you can use the hashtag #MoreThanMyBrainInjury on your social media accounts, share the posters, add posts about brain injuries, and more. You can use multiple platforms to reach different facets of society.
3. Attend Or Host An Awareness Event
For public awareness, several events are hosted worldwide during March. These events can be conferences, webinars, seminars, and more. You can participate in these events and encourage your friends and families to attend. Other than being a part of the audience, you can also host your own event or lend your time volunteering for one of those events. If you are interested, check out the event calendar of the Brain Injury Association of America and register right away.
4. Share Your Story
If you or your loved ones are facing or have faced any brain injury, you are not alone in the journey. Over 5.3 million individuals in the United States are dealing with permanent brain injury-related disability. This makes it essential to open up and share your part of the story with the world. While this might take you down memory lane, it will help others to fight it and know how to deal with the situation. You will also pass along the advice and support. For sharing your story, you can join community forums, be a speaker at the event, or just post it on your social media handle.
5. Start A Fundraiser
The next step to spread awareness is to donate or start a fundraiser. Even if you are capable enough to donate a little, you must donate to a non-profit or health organization. However, if you don’t have the means to contribute financially, you can start a fundraiser to help people living with brain injuries. The money you raise will help rebuild someone’s life and make them return to their work and manage finances. This money can also be used in conducting research and clinical trials.
6. Other Ways To Observe
Besides these aforementioned ways, you can also attend conferences and meetings about brain injuries. This will help you gain insight into treatment and research. Also, you can take part in community walks and runs, volunteer at local organizations and buy or gift #MoreThanMyBrainInjury apparel and accessories.
Summing It Up
While it is not easy to shift everyone’s attention towards brain injuries, it is still possible. This awareness month is a great opportunity to improve the lives of those who have suffered from brain injuries. Whether you dress all blue or wear just a ribbon, take part in the walk or host an event, your contribution matters.
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