Brain Injury Awareness Month

In Canada, June is Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time dedicated to increasing public understanding of brain injuries, their impacts and the importance of prevention and support. This awareness initiative is crucial for shining a spotlight on the challenges faced by the over 1.5 million Canadians with brain injury, their caregivers and their families.

What is a Brain Injury?

A brain injury can be classified into two main types:

  1. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): This occurs when an external force injures the brain such as in car accidents, falls, sports injuries or assaults. TBIs can range from mild concussions to severe injuries that lead to long-term impairment or death.
  1. Acquired Brain Injury (ABI): Unlike TBI, ABI is not caused by external force. It includes injuries from strokes, tumors, infections and lack of oxygen.

The Impact of Brain Injuries

The effects of brain injuries can be devastating and far-reaching. They can cause a wide range of physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural issues. Symptoms may include memory loss, difficulties in concentration, impaired judgment, mood swings and physical disabilities. These impacts can significantly affect an individual’s quality of life, making it difficult to perform daily activities, maintain employment and engage in social relationships.

Raising Awareness: Why it Matters

  1. Education and Prevention: Awareness campaigns educate the public about the cause and prevention of brain injuries. For instance, promoting the use of helmets can significantly reduce the incidence of TBIs. To this end, OTLA runs an annual Helmets on Kids campaign in schools across Ontario. Since its inception, OTLA has presented over 40,000 bike helmets to children who may not otherwise have access to them.
  1. Support and Resources: Increased awareness leads to better support and resources for those affected by brain injuries. Understanding the challenges faced by survivors can foster a more supportive environment in communities and workplaces.
  1. Advocacy and Research: Awareness helps drive advocacy efforts for more funding into brain injury research which can lead to better treatment options and improved outcomes. It also supports policies that protect individuals with brain injuries such as improved healthcare access and workplace accommodations.

How to Get Involved

  1. Educate Yourself and Others: Learn about the causes, effects, and prevention of brain injuries. Share this information with your community through social media, local events, or educational workshops.
  1. Support Brain Injury Organizations: Donate to or volunteer with organizations dedicated to brain injury research and support, such as Brain Injury Canada or your local brain injury association.
  1. Advocate for Change: Support legislative efforts aimed at improving the lives of those affected by brain injuries. Contact your local representatives to express the importance of brain injury research and support services.
  1. Participate in Awareness Events: Join walks, runs, or other events organized during Brain Injury Awareness Month. These events not only raise funds but also build a sense of community and support among survivors and their families.


Brain Injury Awareness Month is a crucial time to reflect on the profound impact brain injuries have on individuals and society. By increasing awareness, supporting research, and advocating for change, we can make a significant difference in the lives of those affected by brain injuries. Let’s use this month to educate ourselves, support those in need and work towards a future where brain injuries are better understood, treated and prevented.

Written by

Jeffrey Moorley is a lawyer at White Macgillivray Lester LLP. His mission is to help people from Northern Ontario recover what is owed to them from insurance companies. His practice focuses on motor vehicle collisions, occupiers’ liability (e.g., falls), dog bites, and insurance denials (e.g., auto, accident benefits, homeowners, life, disability, accidental death).