Support a National Strategy for Brain Injuries

Call on the Government of Canada to develop a national strategy now

Whereas:

  • There are approximately 165,000 new cases of brain injury annually in Canada;
  • Health and community service providers require more education regarding the intersection of brain injury, mental health, and addiction;
  • For every NHL player who suffers a concussion in sport, more than 5,500 Canadian women sustain the same injury from domestic violence;
  • There were 21,824 opioid-related poisoning hospitalizations resulting in hypoxic brain injury between January 2016 and June 2020 in Canada;
  • An estimated 60% of brain injury survivors suffer from anxiety and/or depression;
  • The risk of suicide increases by 400% for a survivor of brain injury;
  • Brain injury survivors face a 200% increased risk of struggling with addictions after sustaining a brain injury; and
  • Despite the federal government committing $11 billion over ten years to improve community support and mental health and/or addiction services, none are specifically targeted to brain injury.

Alistair’s Bill C-277 is supported by CGB Centre for Traumatic Life Losses, Brain Injury Canada, Cowichan Brain Injury Society, and the BC Brain Injury Association.

 

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I support MP Alistair MacGregor's Bill C-277 to develop a national strategy to support and improve brain injury awareness, prevention, and treatment, as well as the rehabilitation and recovery of persons living with a brain injury.

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