Posted by Colin Heggie on Feb 23, 2021
Leigh hosted Carly Suddard, Marketing & Prevention Manager for BrainTrust Canada, which our club periodically supports.  Through Covid-19 restrictions, BrainTrust’s in-person group sessions have been suspended.  They've accessed federal funding for non-profits, & used this past year to update their strategic & marketing plans, including upgrades to their website.  Many of their clients have difficulty understanding Covid restrictions & are vulnerable to conspiracy theories, etc.  Among leading injuries & diseases recorded annually in America, traumatic brain injuries significantly outnumber breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, spinal cord injuries & multiple sclerosis combined.  Brain injuries are caused by tumors or other medical conditions, but primarily through concussions from car accidents, falls, sports or workplace injuries.  Impacts include physical & mental health, cognition, mobility, employment, finances & relationships.  Many concussion injuries heal in several weeks, but a common hindrance to healing is an early return to work & other activities, not allowing sufficient time for a full or better recovery.  BrainTrust offers a variety of prevention & recovery resources for both youth & adult clients, including their “Skullwise” & Helmet Safety for kids, Prevent Alcohol & Risk-related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y.) Program for teenagers; life skills, group support & clinical counselling for adults (on hold, due to Covid), plus their new Kelowna “NeuroRecovery Centre.”