Dear Editor, 

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 2.5 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. Of those individuals, 50,000 die, 280,000 are hospitalized, and 2.2 million are treated and released from emergency departments.

In Wisconsin over 50,000 residents currently live with a brain injury. An estimated 6,000 to 8,000 Wisconsin residents sustain brain injuries from traumatic events each year. It can happen in an instant, but affects an individual and their family for a lifetime.

Despite the staggering numbers, brain injury is called the Silent Epidemic because public recognition and understanding remains extremely low. Individuals who have sustained a brain injury are oftentimes misdiagnosed, misunderstood and under-funded.

In recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month, Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin is proud to take part in the United States Brain Injury Alliance campaign, #MyBrainInjury, to unite with the millions of citizens living with brain injury and their families who are taking action to be heard.

The Rock County Brain Trauma Support Group meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. As coordinator of the group, I have had the honor of getting to know many people who have suffered brain trauma, but have showed great courage in adapting and overcoming the challenges they face daily. For more information on the Brain Trauma Support Group please contact Brenda Brown at 608-752-4993 or

Brenda Brown, Developmental Disability Counseling

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