Lunch and Learn Conversations!

Honour Brain Injury Awareness month by joining us for conversations on the intersections of Brain Injury, Mental Health, and Addictions.

Learn more about Intimate Partner Violence and Brain Injury, the opioid crisis and brain injury, the increased need for wraparound services, and how to raise awareness in all levels of government.


JUNE 8, 15, 22 & 29 (12 pm – 1 pm PST) – on ZOOM


Lunch & Learn Descriptions

Behind the Bruises: 
Intimate Partner Violence and Brain Injury

The criteria to access brain injury, mental health, and substance use services can be a barrier for women who have sustained a brain injury through Intimate Partner Violence, especially when there may be little, or no medical documentation.

This conversation offers offer information to assist you in recognizing signs of brain injury that can result from intimate partner violence, the challenges of living with a brain injury, and the need to use a trauma-informed approach.

Guests: Karen Mason & Tori Dach

Surviving an Overdose:
Understanding the Need for Brain Injury Support

View our video –  Survivng the Perfect Storm: Mental Health, Addiction, & Brain Injury. 

In April 2016, the province of BC declared a public health emergency related to the rise of opioid overdose deaths. Early efforts were on life saving responses. What is missing now is a focus on the long-term effects of opioid abuse and overdose. A growing number of individuals who have survived a non-fatal overdose are living with an anoxic/hypoxic brain injury. These individuals are often younger and will likely require a much higher level of care for life.

This conversation offers information about recognizing brain injury as a consequence of opioid poisoning and supporting those who suffer long term effects. We will discuss a motion being submitted to the UBCM to include Brain Injury in the title of the Ministry of Mental Health & Addiction. 

Guests: Maggie Hathaway & Debbie Dee

Thinking Outside the Box:
Addressing the Chasms in Care

There are significant barriers to accessing services and supports for mental health conditions and substance use disorders for survivors of brain injury and their families. These services are siloed and not only create gaps, but chasms in care for individuals and families living with a brain injury and concurrent disorders.

Kix Citton, Executive Director of Nanaimo Brain Injury Society, is our guest and lends her expertise in creating collaborative, client-centered and accessible care with a focus on relationship-building when serving people with a brain injury. In this conversation you will learn more about ways to identify and reduce barriers in your community.

For Immediate Release – Bill C-323

Before You Mark the Ballot:
Government Responsibility at all Levels

The Canadian response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been an amazing example of rapid response and cooperation. All levels of government have worked together to address the health, social and economic issues that arose during the pandemic. This demonstrates that intergovernmental cooperation is possible to address the interconnected impacts of health issues on social and economic well-being. We should settle for no less in addressing the current crisis around the intersections of mental health, addiction, and brain injury.

In this conversation, we share tips for working with local, provincial and federal politicians to raise their awareness of the need for integrated brain injury, mental health and addictions services.

Guest: Alistair MacGregor, MP

Review of the Think Tanks

The BC Heads Together Think Tanks brought together brain injury survivors, family members, service providers, decision-makers, and other stakeholders for a series of four virtual sessions in 2020 focusing on:


Real People, Real Stories

Rehabilitation and Community Support


Research and Prevention

Reinforcing Communities

Below is the report:

1.5 Million Canadians live with a brain injury. 

Lack of services and supports attribute to: 






Substance Use


Mental Health Issues

The unintended consequences of brain injury cost our country billions in emergency and health care services. If we do not include brain injury in every conversation we will never have a 100% solution to mitigating these social issues.

Download the report on the proceedings from the Heads Together Think Tank or get the infographic, with a summation and a call to action.