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Provincial funding supports brain injuries

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:52 PDT, Fri June 19, 2020

The province is seeking input from people living with concurrent brain injuries and mental health and substance use challenges, as well as their families.

Today is the National Day of Collaboration for Brain Injury Services and Supports, and the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions is providing $35,000 in grant funding to the Constable Gerald Breese Centre for Traumatic Life Losses. The centre serves people and families in BC who have suffered a catastrophic loss through death, injury or other life-altering events.

“It is a heartbreaking reality that some people are left with life-changing brain injuries after surviving an overdose, and many struggle to find the supports they need,” said Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “That’s why, as BC continues to grapple with two public health emergencies, I’m really pleased that we can support the centre to expand its outstanding work to help people living with a traumatic brain injury and their families.”

The centre will use the funding for its BC Heads Together Think Tanks project. As part of the project, an interactive website will be launched at the end of August and a series of virtual events will take place between October and November.

The purpose of the project is to gather input from communities, health authorities, brain injury associations, family members and people living with brain injuries throughout the province. The centre will use the input to draft a plan and recommendations to improve brain injury rehabilitation and community supports for people living with brain injury and mental health and substance use challenges in BC.

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