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  • Exploring brain injury – part 2

Exploring brain injury – part 2

Friday 5th July 2024

Explore brain injury, homelessness, and addiction with outreach workers and researchers. Discover new initiatives for better detection and support.
57 minutes

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Brain Injury, Homelessness, and Addiction: A Comprehensive Look

Episode Overview

  • Understanding the link between brain injury, homelessness, and addiction.
  • The importance of comprehensive care that addresses both physical and mental health.
  • New research initiatives at Vancouver Island University focused on trauma and mental health.
  • The role of community-driven research in improving real-world outcomes.
  • Personal stories highlighting the need for compassion and understanding in treatment.
As long as you're willing to listen to someone and let them be heard, I think that makes a huge difference
In this episode of People First Radio, the spotlight is on brain injury and its complex interplay with homelessness and addiction. Outreach workers Lea-Lah Manson and Lance Point share their firsthand experiences working with individuals who often face multiple challenges simultaneously. They discuss the societal tendency to overlook those with brain injuries, highlighting the need for more comprehensive care that addresses both the physical and mental aspects of recovery.
The episode also features Sandy Schultz, the director of the newly founded Center for Trauma and Mental Health Research at Vancouver Island University. Sandy talks about the centre's mission to improve detection, intervention, and prevention of brain injuries through innovative research. You'll hear about new initiatives aimed at supporting individuals affected by intimate partner violence and other trauma-related conditions.
Lea-Lah and Lance offer a raw and honest perspective on the gaps in current treatment approaches, stressing the importance of holistic care that goes beyond addiction. They share poignant stories from their own lives and work, making it clear that understanding and compassion are crucial for effective support. If you're interested in how community-driven research can lead to real-world improvements in mental health and trauma care, this episode is a must-listen.
The combination of academic insights and lived experiences provides a comprehensive view of the challenges and potential solutions in this critical area. Don't miss out on this enlightening discussion that underscores the importance of seeing the whole person behind the injury. It's a powerful reminder that everyone deserves a chance at recovery and dignity.