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e-4266 (Health)

Initiated by Janelle Breese Biagioni from Victoria, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • There are approximately 165,000 new cases of brain injury annually in Canada;
  • Health and community service providers require more education regarding the intersection of brain injury, mental health, and addiction;
  • For every NHL player who suffers a concussion in sport, more than 5,500 Canadian women sustain the same injury from domestic violence;
  • There were 21,824 opioid-related poisoning hospitalizations resulting in hypoxic brain injury between January 2016 and June 2020 in Canada;
  • An estimated 60% of brain injury survivors suffer from anxiety and/or depression;
  • The risk of suicide increases by 400% for a survivor of brain injury;
  • Brain injury survivors face a 200% increased risk of struggling with addictions after sustaining a brain injury; and
  • Despite the federal government committing $11 billion over ten years to improve community support and mental health and/or addiction services, none are specifically targeted to brain injury.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to support Bill C-277 to develop a national strategy to support and improve brain injury awareness, prevention, and treatment, as well as the rehabilitation and recovery of persons living with a brain injury.
Open for signature
February 1, 2023, at 2:53 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 2, 2023, at 2:53 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Alistair MacGregor
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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