Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week is here and now is the time to publicly recognise and support the important and life-changing research conducted on brain health. Read on to get the important facts and find out how to get on board this March 13th-18th!

Disorders and injuries of the brain and spinal cord affect more than 2.5 million Australians, according to the Brain Foundation. Since 1970, the Brain Foundation has focused on providing financial support for high quality brain research that would help those suffering from these conditions.

Over the last seven years, the charity has raised $3,000,000 to support neuroscientists, neurologists, and neurosurgeons in many breakthroughs including:   

  • New migraine treatments

  • New surgical methods for tremors

  • Alzheimer’s disease research

  • Dealing with blood vessel spasms after strokes or brain injury

  • Easier identification and monitoring of brain tumours

  • Recognising Parkinson’s disease tremors

Even if major neurological traumas and disorders don’t hit close to home, many of us have experienced headaches and migraines. In fact, an estimated 6 million Australians suffer from these often debilitating experiences. Headache Australia—a division of the Brain Foundation—also funds research and provides support to these sufferers.

We all know how critical a healthy headspace is to succeeding, and even just getting through, our day to day lives. This week, gather your colleagues and discuss how you can get on board with supporting crucial brain research.

Some ways to get started:

  • Workplace giving: Does this cause have a special place in your heart? You can nominate the Brain Foundation as part of a workplace giving program that donates from your pre-tax salary. It’s an easy way to give and offers you instant tax benefit.

  • Big trivia: In 2017, Big Trivia came on the scene as a fun and easy way to raise money and test your brain. You can find all the resources you need for a trivia night here.

  • Zombie walks: A pack of zombies with all the right intentions! This fundraising walk takes place around Australia a bit later in the year—see if there’s one in your area here.

  • Brain donation: Just like organ donation, you can sign up to offer your brain for crucial research in the future. You can learn more at the Australian Brain Bank Network.

  • Raise awareness and support at work. Do you or your colleagues suffer from ongoing headaches or migraines? Has someone you know been suffered brain trauma? Make sure to show each other support and talk about brain health this week.

Want to share and discuss brain well-being with your team? Here are a few Brain Foundation approved tips for brain health to get the conversation going:

  • Make sure to exercise—this includes mental activity as well!

  • Eat a healthy, nutritious diet and limit alcohol consumption

  • Always practice safe practices such as wearing a helmet when required

  • Learn how to manage your stress!

  • Make sure to get enough sleep

  • Get regular check ups

  • Avoid smoking and drug use

Visit our WellHub for articles and advice across all of these recommendations—you aren’t alone! And remember, any healthy body practice, means a healthy brain practice too.