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Each year, thousands of Canadians sustain brain injuries. This type of injury can happen suddenly without warning, and can result in blindness, spinal cord injury, intellectual deficit or even death. Every June, during Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Government of Canada takes the opportunity to shine the spotlight on this serious issue.
Brain injuries carry high social, emotional, and financial costs, which is why the Government of Canada is actively supporting the Brain Canada Foundation by providing $100 million over six years to establish the Canada Brain Research Fund. This funding will be used to help research brain functions, mental illness, and brain repair, as well as recovery techniques.
In addition, the Government of Canada recently announced funding to support 19 research projects on mild traumatic brain injury. In particular, the projects focus on new techniques to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage concussions. The findings can improve the recovery time and long-term health of Canadians with these injuries.
During Brain Injury Awareness month, I would like to remind Canadians of some simple ways to protect themselves and their families from brain injury, including:
- Always wearing the proper headgear for sports such as hockey, skiing and biking;
- Inspecting surfaces where children are playing to make sure they are safe from hazards; and,
- Following the rules of the game and playing fairly and safely, when playing organized sports or other activities.
These are just some examples of ways you can help prevent brain injuries. Be sure to visit Health Canada’s injury prevention page for more tips on staying safe and preventing injury.
You can also review the safety information on indoor and outdoor playing on the Health Canada Web site.
The Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health Canada
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