The Unmasking Brain Injury Project was inspired by the National Geographic article depicting masks completed by soldiers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. A provider in NC, Hinds Feet Farm, saw the project being beneficial to individuals with brain injury as well – and an awareness and advocacy movement was born! Now with participating states, masks are completed by residential programs, day treatment, inpatient hospitals and more throughout the country.
Survivors are sent a pre-made mask that they are able to decorate however they would like. By being a part of Unmasking Brain Injury, survivors are able to promote the awareness of brain injury in the community, give a voice to the changes after injury, and show that those with brain injury are unique, just like everyone is, and that they are deserving of respect and the opportunity to thrive in their community.
If you are interested in making a mask in North Carolina or having the masks at your event/location, contact the Brain Injury Association of NC at 919-833-9634 or visit www.bianc.net/unmaskingbraininjury