Go Blue for Brain Injury
For more than three decades, the Brain Injury Association of Vermont (BIAVT) has proudly been observing Brain Injury Awareness Month by conducting an engaging public awareness campaign in March of each year.
The theme for the 2020 campaign is Go Blue!
Go Blue for Brain Injury Awareness Month is a public campaign that provides a platform for educating the general public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. Individuals who join us to help raise awareness with the Blue Ribbon and #GoBlueForBI for Brain Injury campaign are essential to:
- De-stigmatizing brain injury through outreach within the brain injury community
- Empowering those who have survived brain injury and their caregivers
- Promoting the many types of support that are available to people living with brain injury
Help the Brain Injury Association of Vermont achieve the goal of raising $10,000 in support of those affected by brain injury.
The Brain Injury Association of Vermont cannot serve those affected by brain injuries without YOUR contributions!
Brain Injury Toolkit
Download the Go Blue for Brain Injury Toolkit below. There you’ll find resources and information to get you started. During the month of March share the Blue Ribbon and use the hashtag #GoBlueForBI to raise awareness for brain injury and promote the campaign! And don’t forget, March 4th is the National Brain Injury Awareness Day and March 15th is the Vermont Brain Injury Awareness Day.
Go Blue for Brain Injury Awareness Month Snapshots include information about:
- Traumatic Brain Injury in Prisons and Jails
- Acquired Brain Injury
- Opioid Overdose
- Intimate Partner Violence
Use the following flyers, photos, and posts to spread the word about Go Blue for Brain Injury Awareness Month!
Where does the money go?
All money raised directly supports the Brain Injury Association of Vermont. The following are just a few examples of where these funds are distributed:
- Our BIAVT helpline continues to receive more calls each year and is staffed Monday-Friday 9-4 for Vermont referrals and resources –be it state agencies, brain injury service providers, or locating housing or food.
- Support groups remain vital to the mission of BIAVT, providing a place for survivors, family and friends, as well as providers to gather in the community for mutual support.
- We are expanding education and training statewide, devoting more staff year-round to this cause and raising awareness of brain injury.
- We also collaborate daily advocating for brain injury survivors with government agencies, non-profit organizations, other Brain Injury Associations, and community service providers.
Why the Blue Ribbon?
Since coordinating the very first Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has recognized blue as the color for brain injury awareness activities. Years later, a generous supporter donated thousands of green wristbands to BIAA and they were distributed to supporters and advocates, likely leading to the confusion of color years later.
Many websites recognize green as the color for traumatic brain injury (TBI), and blue for all brain injuries. Regardless of blue or green, BIAA is simply pleased to see advocates working at raising awareness.
Email Jess Leal.