We recognize Brain Injury Awareness Month every March. The theme this year is: Think Ahead: Be safe. Know the signs. Get help. During March, we and our A Head for the Future initiative will focus efforts on raising awareness about:
- The causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- How you can prevent or minimize brain injuries
- What you should do if you think you experienced a TBI
- What you can do to help your recovery
The goal of raising awareness about TBI is to help people affected by TBI find information and key resources. On our Brain Injury Awareness Month page, you'll find links to resources, social media, events, and more.
Think Ahead About TBI
Be safe: Think Ahead and learn the common causes of TBI, so you can take steps to prevent TBI during everyday activities, at work, while playing sports, or during a deployment. To learn more about preventing TBI, check out these safety tips and fact sheets that address what safety measures you should take before getting on a bicycle or motorcycle, driving and playing sports.
Know the signs: Concussion, also known as mild TBI, often goes undetected or undiagnosed initially because the symptoms can be subtle and varied. Think Ahead to recognize mild TBI by learning common signs and symptoms.
Get help: If you think you, or someone else you know, has a TBI, please Think Ahead and seek medical help as quickly as possible to improve chances of a full and complete recovery.
Help Us Spread The think ahead message
Help us bring awareness about traumatic brain injury to your friends, colleagues and the community. Together, we can spread the message: Think Ahead: Be safe. Know the signs. Get help.
Here are some of the ways you can participate:
- Join our #ThinkAhead Hashtag Campaign! Download the hashtag card, write a brief message on the card about your support for TBI awareness, take a picture of yourself holding the card, and share on your social media channels using the hashtags: #ThinkAhead and #BIAmonth. Encourage your friends and family to do the same!
- Follow @DVBIC – Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center and @A Head for the Future on Facebook for updates and use these hashtags when talking about Brain Injury Awareness Month: #ThinkAhead #BIAmonth.
- Follow @A Head for the Future on Twitter and use these hashtags: #ThinkAhead #BIAmonth.
- Use our Social Media Toolkit for social media messages and graphics to help you share the message about Brain Injury Awareness Month.
Top 10 TBI Resources
Since 2000, more than 350,000 U.S. service members were diagnosed with traumatic brain injury. DVBIC offers resources on TBI for military members, family members, caregivers and health care professionals. We’ve compiled a list of resources that provide general information about TBI and include tips on preventing, recognizing and helping you recover from a TBI.
- Concussion Signs and Symptoms
- Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness
- Managing Headaches
- Healthy Sleep
- Concussion/Mild TBI and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Changes in Behavior, Personality or Mood
- Ways to Improve Your Memory
- Help With Ongoing Symptoms
- Back to School Guide to Academic Success After TBI
- A Patient's Guide to Returning Your Child to School After a Concussion
Check out these additional resources for service members and veterans in recovery and caregivers:
- TBI Recovery Support Program
This DVBIC program provides follow-up support to service members and veterans, and their caregivers, upon discharge from a TBI clinic. TBI recovery support specialists work with patients with TBI to develop personalized plans of care. They also connect patients to local resources as they transition from treatment settings, back to duty, or to civilian life. Family members and caregivers are also eligible to participate in the program. TBI recovery support specialists are located at DVBIC network sites.
- NEW! The TBI Family Podcast
Our podcast series “The TBI Family” is for caregivers of service members and veterans with TBI. Each episode offers information, resources and tips for caregivers and shares personal caregiver stories. You can listen to podcast episodes online or download them via SoundCloud, iTunes or Google Play, to listen later.
TBI Awareness Events
- March 2: Brain Injury Awareness Month Resource Fair at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Maryland, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (ET)
- March 13-17: Brain Awareness Week at National Museum of Health and Medicine, Maryland; (March 17) Children’s event, “Partners in Education,” 9:30-11:30 a.m. (ET) and 12-2 p.m. (ET)
- March 16: DVBIC Webinar, “Outcomes after Mild TBI in Returning Soldiers from OEF and OIF,” 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)
- March 22: Annual Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill in the Rayburn House Office Building — Brain Injury Awareness Fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (ET); Panel presentation, “Faces of Brain Injury: The Invisible Disability Affecting Children and Adults,” 2:30-4 p.m. (ET)
- March 28: Medical Museum Science Café event, “Learning As We Treat: Building the Department of Defense’s Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence,” at National Museum of Health and Medicine, Maryland, 6-7 p.m. (ET)
- March 1-31: DVBIC network sites will host various activities for the military community. Contact your local TBI clinic, military hospital or Veterans Affairs hospital for events in your area
Connect With Us
- Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Facebook page
A Head for the Future Facebook page
- A Head for the Future Twitter page
- Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Blog page
- Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury YouTube page