Brain Injury Awareness month happens every March, reminding us to be aware of those affected by traumatic brain injury. During this month, we are helping to raise awareness about the causes of TBI, how to prevent these injuries, and what you can do to help the recovery process.
THINK AHEAD ABOUT TBI
Be safe: Think Ahead and learn the common causes of TBI, so you can take steps to prevent TBI during everyday activities, at work, while playing sports, or during a deployment. To learn more about preventing TBI, check out these safety tips and fact sheets that address what safety measures you should take before getting on a bicycle or motorcycle, driving and playing sports.
Know the signs: Concussion, also known as mild TBI, often goes undetected or undiagnosed initially because the symptoms can be subtle and varied. Think Ahead to recognize mild TBI by learning common signs and symptoms.
Get help: If you think you, or someone else you know, has a TBI, please Think Ahead and seek medical help as quickly as possible to improve chances of a full and complete recovery.
For more resources about the #ThinkAhead campaign, visit the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center.
TBI NATIONAL AWARENESS EVENTS
- March 2: Brain Injury Awareness Month Resource Fair at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Maryland, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (ET)
- March 13-17: Brain Awareness Week (link is external) at National Museum of Health and Medicine, Maryland; (March 17) Children’s event, “Partners in Education,” 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (ET) and 12 – 2 p.m. (ET)
- March 16: DVBIC Webinar, “Outcomes after Mild TBI in Returning Soldiers from OEF and OIF,” 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (ET)
- March 22: Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill (link is external) in the Rayburn House Office Building — Brain Injury Awareness Fair 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (ET); Panel presentation, “Faces of Brain Injury: The Invisible Disability Affecting Children and Adults,” 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. (ET)
- March 28: Medical Museum Science Café event, “Learning As We Treat: Building the Department of Defense’s Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence (link is external),” at the National Museum of Health and Medicine 6 – 7 p.m. (ET)
- March 1-31: DVBIC network sites will host various activities for service members, veterans, family members (spouses, children), and health care providers. Contact your local TBI clinic, military hospital or Veterans Affairs hospital for events in your area.