WETA Addresses Preventing, Treating and Living with Traumatic Brain Injury with Brainline
BrainLine is an ambitious national project offering information and resources about preventing, treating and living with traumatic brain injury (TBI). A service of WETA, the flagship public broadcasting service in Washington D.C., BrainLine includes a deep, video-rich website, an extensive social media effort, and a broad public outreach campaign in partnership with national organizations concerned about TBI.
Every 19 seconds someone in the United States sustains a traumatic brain injury (TBI). That adds up to 1.7 million people each year. Brain injuries range from mild to moderate to severe. Every injury is different, but when your brain is injured, it can affect everything: your ability to speak, focus, remember and relate to other people.
TBI is the leading cause of death and disability among people between the ages of 15 and 35. In addition, TBI has been called the “signature wound” of those wars, and a Rand study in 2008 estimated that more than 320,000 service members have sustained a brain injury in the course of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
BrainLine serves anyone whose life has been affected by TBI. That includes people with brain injury, their families, professionals in the field and anyone else in a position to help prevent or ameliorate the toll of TBI.