Brain Injury Awareness
Join the #MoreThanMyBrainInjury Campaign this March
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month in March each year. The theme for the 2021 to 2023 campaign is More Than My Brain Injury.
There are more than 5.3 million children and adults in the United States who are living with a permanent brain injury-related disability.
That’s one in every 60 people.
If you know someone who is living with brain injury – or if you have one yourself – you know that brain injury is not an event or an outcome. It’s the start of a misunderstood, misdiagnosed, underfunded neurological disease.
Join the #MoreThanMyBrainInjury campaign and help us educate others about what it’s like to live with a brain injury. We want everyone, everywhere to join us in:
One injury, many causes:
Many people with disabilities have their lives defined for them. The More Than My Brain Injury campaign gives individuals a chance to overcome those definitions, allowing them to tell their own stories and change the narrative of their lives. Click here to share your story.
Speak up. Download our posters and social media graphics to help raise awareness of brain injury and its various causes. Click here to see the campaign collateral.
Speak out. Advocates like you are our greatest asset. Why not write a letter to the editor or try to get a PSA aired on your local radio station? Click here for ways to engage the media.
Know the facts. At least 3.6 million people in the U.S. sustain brain injury each year. Want to learn more? Click here to download our fact sheet.
Get creative. Use our free, open-use campaign icon to show your support throughout Brain Injury Awareness Month. BIAA permits the unrestricted use of the #MoreThanMyBrainInjury icon as long as it’s used to raise awareness, advocacy, or funds for a brain injury-related cause. Click here to download the icon.
Do more. Want to do more than raise awareness? Step up by raising funds for brain injury services, supports, and research. Click here to start a fundraiser.
Brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S.
At least 2.8 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year.
are from falls
are from being struck by or against something
are from motor vehicle accidents
are from assaults
are from other or unknown causes
An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain that is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma. Essentially, this type of brain injury is one that has occurred after birth. There are two types of acquired brain injury: traumatic and non-traumatic.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology, caused by an external force or trauma. Traumatic impact injuries can be defined as closed (or non-penetrating) or open (penetrating).
Often – and somewhat confusingly – referred to as an acquired brain injury, a non-traumatic brain injury causes damage to the brain by internal factors, such as a lack of oxygen, exposure to toxins, pressure from a tumor, etc. To learn more about brain injury, click here.