This March, The MENTOR Network and its partners recognize Brain Injury Awareness month, a time to honor survivors and their families while educating our communities about the impact of brain injuries and how to prevent them.
“The MENTOR Network is committed to helping people who have sustained brain injuries regain and develop the skills necessary to return to their family, work and community lives,” said Brett Cohen, The Network’s Chief Operating Officer. “This month we honor those we serve who have experienced a brain injury and offer our thanks to those caring staff members committed to supporting them.”
Throughout March, The Network’s partners have organized and participated in community events and helped raise awareness about brain injury and brain health in communities across the country. Read on for a sampling of recent efforts.
CareMeridian Phoenix and Scottsdale patients, therapists and staff members participated in the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona’s annual Bowl for Brain Injury on Saturday, March 12.
CareMeridian staff in the Golden State laced up their walking shoes and participated in community walks to raise awareness about brain injury. In San Diego, staff participated in the Brain Injury Association of California’s 9th Annual surviveHEADSTRONG –Walk For Recovery on March 19. In Sacramento, staff participated in Walk For Brain Injury on March 20.
NeuroRestorative Florida participated in the Brain Injury Association of Florida’s WalkAbout Brain Injury in Altamonte Springs on March 12.
NeuroRestorative Georgia organized a Brain Injury Walk in Evans on March 19, with proceeds supporting the Augusta Brain Injury Support Group and Camp BIAG, Georgia’s only adult brain injury survivor summer camp.
REM Iowa is holding a five-city Poster Walk to raise awareness. Staff and individuals served worked together to create posters featuring brain injury facts and carried them on walks through local parks. The first walk was held in Des Moines on March 24, with others happening in Davenport, Cedar Rapids and Coralville before wrapping up in Clinton on March 31.
Dr. Richard Temple, PhD, Neuropsychologist for NeuroRestorative San Antonio, will give a presentation entitled “Neuroplasticity and Brain Injury Recovery” at a dinner and continuing education event on March 31.
In addition, Network partner NeuroRestorative, which offers community-based brain injury rehabilitation services, has marked the month with two campaigns designed to encourage brain-healthy habits. A daily “Brain O’Clock” email to employees suggests a cognitive activity readers can do to improve brain function. As part of the #HeadsUp campaign, staff and participants submit photos of themselves doing a brain-healthy activity for sharing on social media. Visit the NeuroRestorative Facebook page to learn more.