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The Heads Together Think Tank is an initiative of the Constable Gerald Breese Centre for Traumatic Life Losses. This project is British Columbia’s opportunity for conversation and collaboration on meeting the needs of people through improved services for the intersections of mental health, addictions, and brain injury.

The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and Vancouver Foundation have provided funding to the Constable Gerald Breese Centre for Traumatic Life Losses (CGB), an organization that serves people and families who have suffered a catastrophic loss through death, injury or other life-altering events in B.C. to host four Heads Together Think Tanks taking place online between October 20, 2020 and November 10, 2020.

CGB launched Heads Together Think Tank, an interactive website for survivors of brain injury, family members, caregivers, services providers, community supporters, brain injury associations, and health authorities. The input gathered on the website and from the virtual events will be used to create a plan and recommendations for building a seamless system of care to improve brain injury rehabilitation and community supports for people living with brain injury, mental health and substance use challenges in B.C.

“Having the opportunity to address the intersections of mental health, addiction and brain injury in a meaningful way is a major step forward in the brain injury community. The Heads Together Think Tank project is providing an avenue for the collective voices of British Columbians to work collaboratively with government on this important issue,” states Janelle Breese Biagioni, CEO.

For more information on Heads Together Think Tank project and to register for the free virtual events, visit www.headstogetherthinktank.com.

Quick Facts:

  • A person living with a brain injury is at risk of increased mental health and/or addiction-related issues
  • Over 53% of the homeless have suffered a brain injury and more than 70% of them became homeless after their first brain injury