Last month, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker issued a proclamation announcing March 2018 as Brain Injury Awareness Month. The goal of this awareness month is to help Wisconsin residents better understand the impact that a traumatic brain injury can have both on the victim and the victim’s family.
Not All Injuries Are Visible
That is what the Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin, the state government of Wisconsin, and other interested parties hope to convey during Brain Injury Awareness Month. While you may look at someone who has suffered a burn injury or an amputation injury and immediately know that person has suffered a serious injury, the same is not true for someone with a brain injury.
Instead, a person who has suffered a brain injury in a car accident, a motorcycle wreck, or another type of accident may suffer injuries such as:
- Memory issues.
- Sensory issues.
- Sensitivity to light.
- Mood swings.
- Anxiety or depression.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Agitation or unusual behavior.
While these injuries are not visible to the naked eye, they impact both the person who suffered the brain injury and that person’s loved ones in profound ways. A brain injury can prevent a person from performing the regular activities of daily living, and brain injuries can make things difficult for family members who care for those who suffer from them.
Wisconsin Is Not Alone
The rest of the country is expected to join in on Brain Injury Awareness Month. Iowa Governor Reynolds proclaimed March as Brain Injury Awareness Month on February 28. An art display entitled “UnMasking Brain Injury” will be displayed in the Iowa Capitol Building to share the experiences and feelings of Iowans who suffer brain injuries. Other states will also celebrate this important month in their own ways.
During Brain Injury Awareness Month, we encourage you to think about those who have been hurt and to help them get all of the support that they need to live their lives as fully, productively, and comfortably as possible.