In honor of Traumatic Brain Injury Month, the Fremont County Prevention Program would like to take a moment to educate those who have or who know someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury in their lifetime.

Did you know? Studies have shown a direct correlation between victims of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and suicide.

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can drastically alter a person’s thought process, causing sudden and lasting changes to how they react to certain situations.

Brain injuries can also lead to an increase in stress, as well as difficulty managing emotions, relationships, and work. TBI may also cause people to be more impulsive and have trouble relating to others. This can lead to feelings of isolation and helplessness without the appropriate support.

On the surface, a person may appear the same but nevertheless feel a disturbing sense of change within.

-Source: Synapse, Australia’s Brain Injury Organisation

These symptoms are commonly known to lead to depression and an increased risk of suicide among people with brain injury. Without support, this person might see suicide as an answer to problems they’re not sure how to face.

But the good news is, no problem is unsolvable. By developing a strong support chain made up of professionals, support groups, friends, and family members you can find the strength needed to overcome the challenges that life throws at you.

If you or someone you know has suffered a TBI, please take this time to reach out for help or lend a helping hand.

There are many resources available, see below:

NATIONAL SUICIDE LIFELINE: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Text WYO to 741741

NATIONAL SUICIDE LIFELINE CHAT

Suicide Warning Signs

Brain Injury Association of America

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