How to raise awareness of brain injuries
March is traumatic brain injury awareness month and that means sharing patient stories and safety tips.
Brain injuries are all too common.
The most common—a concussion, a mild form of a traumatic brain injury—has
gotten more attention as of late.
Awareness and proper treatment is still a work in progress in
As more attention is paid to brain trauma—and in honor of March being TBI
awareness month—review the CDC’s “
Guide to Writing About Traumatic Brain Injury in News and Social Media
” when writing about TBIs and reporting your patient’s stories.
The guide covers:
TBI statistics and at-risk populations
Causes, signs and symptoms of TBIs
Information for sports writers
· Tips for accurate story development and reporting
A sample article for republication or reference
Check out the full guide here
Non-health organizations have also published information and tools for
talking about TBIs.
The Department of Defense tweeted:
The department has also authored a
on TBIs for TBI Awareness Month.
The report provides infographics, news stories, video and photo essays
relating to TBIs and the data on service members suffering from TBI-related
Injury law firms have also spoken out. The injury law firm of Geoff
MacDonald & Associates P.C. tweeted out
The Center for Disabilities South Dakota tweeted its support:
Even though the numbers suggest men can have a higher risk rate of a TBI
than women, women’s stories should not be excluded. Dedicated organizations
for women with TBIs include Women with PTSD United.
Communicators, what are you doing to raise awareness about TBIs this month?