Sharing Experiences with Concussion/TBI Multi-Media 2022 Podcast Series
In 2021, OBIA partnered with Headsup Concussion Advocacy Network (HeadsupCAN) and the former Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation to develop a multi-media series titled Sharing Experiences with Concussion/TBI. The goal was to provide more context and understanding to the many different experiences following Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries.
In 2022, OBIA and HeadsupCAN have developed five more multi-media podcasts that will be released throughout June as part of Brain Injury Awareness Month. The episodes will be led by a leading expert in the field and consist of a group of individuals who have sustained brain injuries discussing their experiences in a safe and supportive environment.
Each episode looks at different aspects of the recovery process.
We are so grateful to all the participants for being so open about sharing their experiences of concussion/TBI. Thank you as well to our fantastic facilitators who guided these conversations and encouraged participants to feel safe to share their story. We hope these stories will help others not feel alone in their journey and give them hope for their future.
We thank the Ontario Brain Institute for funding this year’s podcasts.
The following podcasts may contain sensitive material that could be potentially distressing or triggering to some people.
If you require support, please call the OBIA Helpline at 1-800-263-5404.
The OBIA Helpline offers confidential and emotional support for those who need a caring, compassionate and non-judgmental listening ear.
Please seek advice from a Registered Health Care Professional.
Watch the Podcasts on OBIA’s YouTube Channel
Season 2 Trailer
Sharing Experiences with Concussion/TBI
The Sharing Experiences with Concussion/TBI is an experience driven, multi-media podcast series that seeks to educate, support and spread awareness on the many facets of Concussion/TBI injuries. We are excited to share 5 new episodes of the podcast series focused on understanding the lived experience of concussion/TBI.
This series facilitates an environment for industry professionals and people directly affected by the injury to have meaningful, informed discussions about what it’s like going through a Concussion/TBI in various aspects of life.
Episode 1 – Brain Injury
Facilitated by Carolyn Lemsky, PhD, CPsych
Dr. Carolyn Lemsky guides this discussion with other professionals about the challenges and barriers individuals with a brain injury experience in navigating the justice system.
Release Date: June 1, 2022
Episode 2 – Concussion/TBI Within the Veteran Community
Facilitated by Simon Kardynal, CD, MA, (Ret) MWO
Simon Kardynal facilitates the discussion in this episode about experiences of brain injury in the Canadian Armed Forces. The conversation explores group members’ challenges following their brain injury, experiences with being medically discharged, and the stigma of brain injury in the military.
Release Date: June 8, 2022
Episode 3 – Impact of Brain Injury on Family Members
Facilitated by Caron Gan, RP
Caron Gan guides a discussion by a group of family members about their experiences following their loved one’s brain injury. A mother, a sibling and a wife show immense courage as they share their challenges and triumphs following brain injury throughout this episode.
Release Date: June 15, 2022
Episode 4 – Recovery at Home (Nutrition, Mindfulness, Yoga, etc.)
Facilitated by Libby Nicholaou, MA, E-RYT 200, YACEP
Libby Nicholaou of LoveYourBrain Yoga gathers with other professionals to discuss how individuals with a brain injury can support their recovery at home following a brain injury. This episode looks at nutrition, mindfulness, support groups and targeted physical activities can improve symptoms following a brain injury.
Release Date: June 22, 2022
Episode 5 – Accommodating a Concussion in the Classroom
Facilitated by Ryan Sutton, MA
The Executive Director of HeadsupCAN, Ryan Sutton facilitates an in-depth, one-on-one conversation with Stephanie McFarland, Occupational Therapist with Holland Bloorview’s Concussion Centre as she answers questions from Ontario’s educators about how to accommodate concussions in the classroom.
Release Date: June 29, 2022