Action for Brain Injury Awareness Week

 In Awareness Campaigns, Mental Health, Regulations and Standards

Brain Injury Awareness Week is extremely important in educating people about the dangers of brain injury. The brain is one of the great wonders of the world, controlling everything we do, including all of our body movements and yet we are said to only use 10% of its capabilities which is staggering to think.

Bearing this in mind, it is imperative that we look after it, as if it gets injured it could cause huge problems during your lifetime, even death.

What is the aim of Brain Injury Awareness Week?

This year, Headway’s Brain Injury Awareness Week will aim, once again, to promote awareness of brain injuries, and the troubled aftermath of people who have suffered from one. The brain is the most protected organ in our body, surrounded by our skull like a shield, but this doesn’t mean it still can’t get hurt. The smallest knock can severely damage the brain and you might not even know about it until it’s late.

This is ultimately what Action for Brain Injury Awareness Week is about. It aims to increase the awareness of brain injuries and emphasise the importance of seeking medical help if you feel sick after an accident. This could help save your life.

Headway is the UK charity that aims to help to improve a person’s life after they suffer a brain injury, but they are a key in the advancement of this awareness week and want people to be extremely careful when they have had a head injury. In previous years, Headway has looked at themes such as concussion in sport and “A New Me”, but this year focuses on “You, me and brain injury”. This theme will highlight how brain injuries can disrupt the lives of not only the sufferer but also those people around them.

“You, me and brain injury”

This year’s Brain Injury Awareness Week gives brain injury survivors, carers and families affected the chance to share experiences on how their injury has impacted their lives. This will allow others to get a grasp of what brain injury suffers go through and what is involved in the recovery process. While doing this, it will dispel any misconceptions people might have, and highlight the importance of having “the right help, at the right time”. On top of this, it will give an insight into what the people who support or interact with brain injury sufferers go through to show the impact a brain injury can have on others.

Headway is encouraging anyone who has had an experience with a brain injury, to share a “thanks to you” video which aims to thank a special person who has to help them through their brain injury recovery. Headway will be sharing as many of these stories as possible, in what will hopefully shed light on a commonly misunderstood condition.

What about previous themes?

Last year, Headway ran their Concussion Aware campaign during Brain Injury Awareness Week. This was predominantly aimed at people playing sports and offered the very apt slogan ‘If in doubt, sit it out’, referring to playing on with a head injury. If you notice in professional football matches now, if there is a head collision and there is suspicion of a slight concussion then they are not allowed to play on. This knowledge should be brought through to grassroots sports and the amateur game to protect players of ALL sports. You can view concussion guides by sport by clicking here.

This is still extremely valuable advice and pertinent to the brain injury discussion. If you would like any further information on Action for Brain Awareness Week then please visit the Headway Website.


 

References

  1. http://www.national-awareness-days.com/action-for-brain-injury-week.html
  2. https://www.headway.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/concussion-aware/
  3. https://www.headway.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/a-new-me/
  4. https://www.headway.org.uk/
  5. https://www.headway.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/you-me-and-brain-injury
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