Brain injury is a complex medical issue on its own. It affects every part of a person’s life. But it is also closely tied to many systemic issues that profoundly impact Canadians. Brain injury can both lead to and be caused by socio political challenges. This section explores those issues, their impact on individuals, and what is needed to provide better support.
Individuals with brain injury have an increased risk of homelessness due to factors such as job loss and lack of accessible treatment and supports.
Individuals with brain injury and substance use disorders may struggle to access treatment facilities that are equipped to help them with both brain injury and addiction.
Brain injury disproportionately affects the Indigenous population in Canada due to a variety of factors such as geographical location of services, socio-economic status, and stigma. These factors can also affect individuals of other races and religions.
Intimate partner violence
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is one of the leading causes of head injury in women. Survivors of domestic violence may not be correctly diagnosed, struggle to receive treatment, or have a lack of support.
There are multiple studies that explore the instances of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their correlation with involvement with the criminal justice system, including incarceration.
The voices of those living with brain injury need to be heard in order to inform policy changes at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels. Self-advocacy takes work, but can be an effective tool. Visit our advocacy section for resources to become a self-advocate.