January 28, 2021
Mental health challenges are common within the neurotrauma community, often affecting many with acquired brain and spinal cord injury. This year for the annual Bell Let’s Talk Day we hope to shed light on the tabooed issues and invite you to explore and share the resources available to support people dealing with mental health issues in ABI or SCI community. As we enter another month of lockdowns, stay-at-home orders and physical distancing induced by the COVID-19 pandemic mental health challenges are at an all time high within our communities. Now more than ever we must support the research, knowledge translation and implementation work that explores the intersection between mental health and neurotrauma.
Spinal cord injury has obvious physical impacts, but often less acknowledged are the impacts to the mental state. At times, extra focus on physical needs may mean neglect for mental and emotion needs. The Spinal Cord Injury Research Evidence platform SCIRE has a chapter of clinical guidelines related to mental health along with patient information available through the online resource bank. In addition our community partners at Spinal Cord Injury Ontario have excellent resources to support people with SCI who are experiencing mental health issues. Visit their website to learn more.
Trauma to the brain may lead to many unwelcome symptoms linked to mental health. Each of the brain injury guidelines for clinical practice (and the associated patient and family versions) include a section on mental health and its impact on persons with mild-to-severe traumatic brain injury.
CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINE FOR THE REHABILITATION OF ADULTS WITH MODERATE TO SEVERE TBI – Section 2: Domain R
GUIDELINE FOR CONCUSSION/MILD TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY & PROLONGED SYMPTOMS – 3RD EDITION, FOR ADULTS OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE – Section 8
LIVING GUIDELINE FOR DIAGNOSING AND MANAGING PEDIATRIC CONCUSSION – Section B: Domain 8