City proclaims June Brain Injury Awareness Month

The City of Cranbrook has proclaimed the month of June to be brain injury awareness month.

The City of Cranbrook has proclaimed the month of June to be brain injury awareness month.

Lorraine Sweeney from the East Kootenay Brain Injury Association sent a letter to council asking for the month to be made into a proclamation to spread awareness of the risks associated with brain injury.

“Brain injury is a silent epidemic because it cannot be seen,” Sweeney said in the letter.

“Survivors who have sustained a brain injury and their families’ lives are changed and often devastated by this tragedy.”

Sweeney asked council to help the association bring more awareness to the issue.

She said the association is working on bringing more education to the community on the large scope of brain injury.

She noted that helmet use is only one option for prevention, as children and adults receive brain injuries from various sources.

Council also proclaimed June 1 to be Access Awareness Day and Rotary Way Day.

Access Awareness Day seeks to ensure that access in the community is equal for everyone in the community.