For Immediate Release — May 28, 2014
June is Brain Injury Awareness Month
During June estimates are more than 8,000 Canadians will experience an Acquired Brain Injury
“Ottawa, ON: The Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC) www.biac-aclc.ca is pleased to launch Brain Injury Awareness Month – June 1st to June 30th, 2014. Brain injury is at critical proportions. Globally, acquired brain injury (ABI) is the leading cause of death. The incidence of acquired brain injury surpasses multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, spinal cord injuries and breast cancer combined. An estimated 1.5 million Canadians are living with this disability throughout Canada and each year more than 100,000 Canadians will become brain injured. The annual indirect and direct costs to the Canadian economy are more than 3 billion dollars.
Brain injury can happen anywhere, anytime to anyone. In an instant a life is changed, forever. As our mission is to
improve the quality of life for all Canadians affected by acquired brain injury and promote its prevention – awareness is paramount. In June, BIAC aims to:
– increase awareness of acquired brain injury in the general population
– increase awareness of the importance of brain injury prevention, research and support for those living with an
acquired brain injury.
Locally, the Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association provides a variety of services for people with acquired brain injuries and their supporters in the area between Langley to Boston Bar. More information can be found on their website www.fvbia.org.