BIAA Honors National Concussion Awareness Day
September 17, 2021
On most days, people with brain injury feel like they’re living with an invisible illness. While they may look fine on the outside, they could be dealing with chronic headache, concentration or attention problems, depression, anxiety, difficulty regulating emotions – the list goes on. How do you promote awareness and understanding of a condition that is so much more than just a bump on the head?
For the sixth year, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is proud to collaborate with brain injury self-advocate Brooke Mills to raise awareness of concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury, on National Concussion Awareness Day, September 17. Brooke became an advocate after sustaining her own concussion in gym class as a freshman at Concord High School in New Hampshire. After spending two years recovering from chronic headaches, vertigo, and memory loss, she remembers all too well feeling misunderstood, alone, and scared. She founded National Concussion Awareness Day in 2016 to ensure that others would better understand the injury and never feel alone.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 75% of the 2.8 million traumatic brain injuries reported each year are concussions. Explore the resources below to learn more about concussion and use hashtag #NationalConcussionAwarenessDay on social media to help raise awareness.
- Brain Injury Association of America: About mTBI/Concussion
- Brain Injury Association of America: Concussion Information Center
- CrashCourse: Concussion Education by TeachAids
- CrashCourse: Concussion Story Wall
- How long will it take me to recover from a concussion?
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: What Is a Concussion?
If you need personalized support or resources, contact BIAA’s National Brain Injury Information Center at 1-800-444-6443 or email us at email@example.com.