Bang on a beanie to support brain injury awareness
In 2011 Synapse, in association with Brain Injury Associations across Australia, began work on transforming an invisible disability into a very visible one. Each year their success has grown.
Acquired Brain Injury, or ABI, refers to the multiple disabilities arising from any damage to the brain that occurs after birth. Common causes of ABI include accidents, violence, stroke, infection, alcohol and other drug abuse, and degenerative neurological disease.
And it’s widespread, affecting more 1.6 million Australians (including many in mining and resources). Statistically that’s more than one in 12. Each year, around twice as many people are diagnosed with ABI than breast cancer.
The BANGONABEANIE (BOAB) Campaign - running from 12-18 August 2013 - encourages people to buy and proudly wear the blue BOAB beanie in support of the national Brain Injury Awareness Week.
When you bang on a beanie, you actively support anyone living with ABI. If you're worried about 'beanie hair', you can simply make a donation at www.BANGONABEANIE.com.
All profits from the campaign go towards improving essential services for people living with ABI, including basic things like accommodation and support during the most crucial stage of recovery - the post injury period.
Companies can also get involved by promoting the campaign to their workforce or selling BANGONABEANIE merchandise.
For further information visit http://synapse.org.au/.
More on Health & Wellbeing ...
- Buy sports items signed by your favourite stars - and help fight prostate cancer
- Be Happy Cards enhance emotional resilience in children
- Mining wives reveal how to keep the sex drive alive
- Depression’s social network: family and friends need support too
- R U OK? Afield - a new program helping mining workers
- Stressed, angry and unhappy? There is a cure for that...
- Mining wives talk drugs & alcohol
- Drugs and alcohol in mining: workers have their say
- Aussie miners discuss their 'black days'
- PND: a thief that steals motherhood
- Psych support for rural Aussies
- Wise words from a mining chaplain
- Employee Assistance Programs: who to talk to (when he won't)
- Miners turn to MensLine Australia to build ties with family and beat the blues
- Miners under the Aussie sun - a growing client base for skin specialists
- Meet Australia's FIFO bachelor
- Making your own life in a mining town
- Beyondblue is building Australia's biggest shed - online!
- Bit hot on the job? Drink more water!
- Relationship struggles of a single FIFO miner
- How to turn that beer belly into a six pack
- Blokes feeling blue: identifying and conquering depression
- De-stress at your office desk with three easy exercises
- Ten steps to a great workout
- Eight essential strategies for losing weight
- Battling the bulge and the bain marie
- Turn your donga into a gym (or how to exercise in a tiny space)
- Ask Mareike ... your personal fitness trainer