Canada’s Federal Election

Election Day is Monday, September 20, 2021.

Canadian citizens of voting age have the right and responsibility to vote. For those living with a disability, visit Brainstreams to learn about Accessible Voting.

We want to prepare you to speak with your local candidate about brain injury and its overlap with mental health, addiction, homelessness, criminality and more. The candidates have many issues they want to address in their campaign; unfortunately, brain injury isn’t getting the attention it deserves.

Brain injury is more than healthcare. And it is also more than the responsibility of one level of government. All levels have an important part in resolving the challenges in our communities, including that of brain injury, mental health, and addictions.

The prevalence and incidence of Brain Injury surpasses that of Spinal Cord Injury, Breast Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis & HIV/AIDS combined. It’s time to provide adequate funding. 

Listen to our webinar here 

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Opioid Crisis

Are you seeking election or re-election on September 20, 2021? If so, did you know….

 – approximately 230,000 Canadian women suffer from a brain injury as a result of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) (CATT Online 2020)

– approximately  60% of traumatic brain injury survivors engage in dangerous levels of substance use (CGB Video, Ponsford 2017)

– 30 years of recommendations have not been implemented – take action now!

Download our Decision Makers Infographic .

Service Integration

As a Care Provider, you are aware of the gaps in services and the need for increased funding. Did you also know…

– for every 1 NHL player who suffers a concussion in hockey, 5,500 Canadian women will sustain the same injury from Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), (van Donklaar, Mason 2020)

– overdose survivors are not being tracked or monitored for a brain injury 

– it’s almost impossible to integrate care for people iwth complex needs if you don’t know who else in  your community is providing service

– we need research to identify best practices in integrated services for brain injury, mental health, and substance issues

  Download our Caregivers Infographic for information you can share with your local candidate. 

What to say to Decision Makers

The lived experience of brain injury survivors and family members is as important as stats, if not more so. If you feel compelled to share your story, we have some information to support you. For example, did you know….

-more than 1.5 million Canadians live with a brain injury and need support

– a brain injury impacts the entire family – this means millions more need support

-brain injury can impact a person’s mental health (e.g. anxiety & depression) and can lead to challenging consequences when left unaddressed (i.e. homelessness, addictions, criminality).

 Download our Survivors & Families infographic for information to share with your local candidate.

Get to Know Your Candidates

Talk to Your Federal Candidate

It’s important to remember that your local candidate is a member in your community. Those who have a desire to serve as your government representative come from all walks of life with varied education, work experience, and political views. They may, or may not, know about brain injury and how it overlaps with mental health and addiction. It’s up to all of us to provide them with the awareness on the prevalence and incidence of brain injury and the impact it’s having on our communities. Share your lived experience to raise awareness.

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.


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.