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.
Also, check out Brain Injury Association of America's Brain Injury
Awareness page and join their #MoreThanMyBrainInjury Campaign.
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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.
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
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 really 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.
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.