Help Us Promote Brain Injury Awareness Month!
Each year, March is recognized nationally as Brain Injury Awareness Month. The North Dakota Brain Injury Network (NDBIN) wants to partner with YOU to help promote brain injury awareness in your community. Take a look at our resources and event ideas.
View Brain Injury Association of America's Brain Injury Awareness page and join their #MoreThanMyBrainInjury Campaign.
For more information on brain injury awareness opportunities for current military members and veterans, view Brain Injury Awareness Month from the Military Health System.
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Not only can you help educate others through this, but you can share hope and inspiration with those in the brain injury community.
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Community events are great ways to get the general public involved and spread awareness about brain injury. NDBIN would like to partner with you to help ensure your event's success. We realize that this is a difficult time for many given the current COVID-19 pandemic. It's NDBIN's recommendation that these events should be hosted virtually. See below for ideas on how to host a virtual event. NDBIN would love to help facilitate these events you want to host and our virtual Zoom platform is available for use.
Invite community providers to set up booths to share information with community members who are interested in seeking services in your area. This can easily be done virtually using Zoom if resources are scanned and shared via Zoom. Contact Carly at (701) 777-8004 and she can talk you through the screen sharing feature.
Host an informational event regarding brain injury. Invite local community members to discuss their struggles after brain injury and answer questions other residents may have. This event could also be held via Zoom. Attendees would ideally want access to a screen on a computer or mobile device, but if they don't have that capability, they can also call in and listen.
Host a Movie Screening
Movie suggestions include “The Crash Reel,” “The Rider,” “Concussion,” and “Every 21 Seconds.” NDBIN has some of these movies in their collection and could screen share videos. Participants could visit before and after via Zoom so they still get some social interaction. This way people could be in their pajamas, if they wanted, and they can make their own snacks!
Plan an activity, such as “Bowling for Brains,” where the public can participate and pick up information on traumatic brain injury (TBI). If you want to host an in person event, please be sure to follow all COVID-19 guidelines for your area.
Unmasking Brain Injury
Host a mask-making event or host the traveling mask exhibit. NDBIN has supplies for members in your community to create masks that can be shared throughout the state and nationally. NDBIN's traveling exhibit includes display stands and more than 80 masks. Learn more about the Unmasking project. NDBIN recently hosted a virtual Unmasking event with Fargo's Memory Café and it was well received. Participants pre-registered and masks were mailed out to prior to the event. Participants were able to decorate together virtually. NDBIN can help you get this all set up.
Host a Game Night
Card games, board games, and puzzles are valuable rehabilitation tools. Games can help with attention, concentration, initiation, reasoning, and memory. Request a free NDBIN deck of cards. There are many virtual game options NDBIN can help you set up too.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 2.5 million people sustain a TBI each year. Of those individuals, 52,000 die, 275,000 are hospitalized, and 1.4 million are treated and released from an emergency department. Individuals who have sustained brain injuries are often misdiagnosed, misunderstood, and under-funded.