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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month!

Join the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts during the month of March as we kick off the “Change Your Mind about Brain Injury” awareness campaign. Our goal is to raise awareness about brain injury in the communities we serve. We need your help to spread the word about brain injury! March is Brain Injury Awareness Month! The theme this year is "Change Your Mind".

The #ChangeYourMind campaign provides a platform for changing common misconceptions about brain injury; educating the public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of individuals who are injured and their families; and offers tools and information for anyone to advocate for access to care after brain injury. #ChangeYourMind serves as a call to action for everyone, everywhere to join the Brain Injury Association in achieving two important goals:
 Increase awareness and understanding of brain injury and the Brain Injury Association
 Improve care and support for individuals with brain injury

Ways to Get Involved
Attend the 37th Annual Brain Injury Conference:
Register Now to attend the conference on March 29, 2018. Choose from thirty different workshops for survivors, caregivers, families and professionals. Hurry before registration closes!

Become a Member:
Your membership supports BIA-MA programs and services for brain injury survivors across the state. Members enjoy a discounted registration rate to the Annual Conference.  It’s easy to become a member! Join or renew online at

Spread the Message:
Follow us on social! We will be posting on social media all throughout March using the hashtag #ChangeYourMind. Make sure to share the posts with your friends using the hashtag! We are also promoting the Change Your Mind Facebook frame for profile photos. Find it on our Facebook post and click Try It to add to your photo!

On March 20, BIA-MA will be taking part in the Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill, hosted by the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force.  BIA-MA will be attending meetings with the U.S. congressional delegation from Massachusetts to educate them about brain injury and how vital federal funding is to continue the Federal TBI State Grant Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention TBI Programs, and brain injury research conducted by the TBI Model Systems.  On the 20th, please contact your legislators’ offices and urge their continued support for these federal programs.
Find your representative:
Find your senator:

Create a fundraiser to benefit the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts! Some ideas to raise funds are cookie swaps, wearing blue jeans at work, bake sales, races and more. To participate please fill out this online application:
Get your company involved: Display our posters with facts and stats on brain injury in your office. For a toolkit with posters, stickers, stamps and more, please reach out to

Attend an OPEN HOUSE!:
Come to our OPEN HOUSES on March 20th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm to join us on Brain Injury Awareness Day for food, music and raffle prizes. Wear Blue to show your support and visit our three regional offices to talk with staff about how to get involved more with BIA-MA or get resources and information about brain injury. Thank you for helping us in changing minds about brain injury in Massachusetts.

 30 Lyman Street, Suite 10
Westborough, MA 01581

 3119 Cranberry Hwy, Suite 5F
E.Wareham, MA  02538

180 Elm Street, Suite C
Pittsfield, MA  01201

Brain Injury Awareness Month Documents & Collateral

Change Your Mind Flyers/Posters:

  • Not everyone dies from an overdose; some people live with a brain injury.
  • People with brain injury want what you want: a good job, a nice home, someone to love.
  • Brain injury changes the way you think, act, move, and feel.
  • A concussion is a brain injury.
  • Comprehensive, intensive rehabilitation is the standard of care after brain injury.
  • A stroke is a brain injury.

Other Change Your Mind Resources:

Questions? Please contact Anna Gordon at or 508-475-0032 x17.