When it comes to traumatic brain injuries, sufferers and their families may feel completely lost and alone. But there are resources online that can help educate and provide support for TBI and psychological healthcare.
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury recently released their monthly webinar series for 2011, according to the American Forces Press Service.
Webinar topics are geared toward everyone from service members and their families to medical professionals. Participants will be invited to ask questions or comment on the discussions. In 2010, these webinars covered TBI-related topics such as family support techniques, combating stigma, suicide prevention and reintegration programs.
In 2011, new topics will include the impact of war on children and post-traumatic stress disorder in the wake of natural disasters. Webinars are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST.
The series kicks off on January 27, with a program about peer-to-peer support models. The second webinar, on February 24, will focus on compassion fatigue.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, TBI is an acquired brain injury that occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. It can result when a head suddenly and violently hits an object or when an object pierces the skull and enters the brain tissue. Symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe, depending on the extent of injury.