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Your Views: Support group helps those involved in 'Silent Epidemic'

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March 9, 2014

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, an estimated 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries each year. Of those individuals, 52,000 die, 275,000 are hospitalized and 1.4 million are treated and released from emergency departments.

Despite the staggering numbers, brain injury is called the “Silent Epidemic” because public recognition and understanding remain extremely low. Consequently, individuals who have sustained brain injuries are often misdiagnosed, misunderstood and under-funded.

This March, in recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin joins a nationwide network of state brain injury organizations with the United States Brain Injury Alliance to spread the word and raise awareness about brain injury prevention, recognition and response. This campaign is to unite with the millions of citizens living with brain injury and their families who are taking action to ensure their voices are heard.

This year also brings us to the 30th anniversary of the Rock County Brain Trauma Support Group. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month, from 6 to 7 p.m., at Catholic Charities/Community Connections, 2200 W. Court St., Janesville. For more information, call 608-752-4993 or e-mail bbrown@ccddc.com.

BRENDA BROWN

Brain injury consultant

Catholic Charities

Janesville



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