March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. In this edition of Positively 59, we learn more about the Brain Injury Group of West Virginia or BIG, and how they provide support for those who have suffered a brain injury.
West Virginia Delegate Mick Bates said they provide a space for survivors and their families to come and share resources.
“What it does is provides support and guidance for those individuals whose families had a traumatic brain injury of some nature,” Bates said.
With the warmer weather coming soon, many kids and young adults will be outside on their bikes, scooters and four wheelers. BIG warns people to take precautions by wearing a helmet.
“You wouldn’t play football without a helmet,” Bates said. “If you are on something with wheels, if you’re in something that is moving fast enough… you need to protect your brain. So, we need to make sure the individual parents young people… that they need to wear a helmet at all times.”
BIG meets the third Tuesday of every month from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the FMRS Health Systems Building. They said survivors of any type of brain injury, their partners, family and friends are welcome to attend these meetings.
If you want more information on BIG you can visit the Brain Injury Group Facebook page.