SOURCE: May Street Productions

May Street Productions

October 24, 2016 07:00 ET

The Invisible Epidemic: A Change of Mind Examines the Hidden World of Brain Injuries

VICTORIA, BC--(Marketwired - October 24, 2016) - May Street Productions has just released A Change of Mind, a TV documentary that profiles the hidden world of brain injuries and brings to light the grave lack of support for the vast numbers of people, many undiagnosed, who are suffering with brain impairments.

"Unlike any other injury, you can't tell by looking at someone if they have a brain injury. Statistics show that countless brain injuries go unnoticed and undiagnosed -- survivors isolated and rejected for behaviors that are beyond their control," explains Hilary Pryor, Producer, A Change of Mind. "We created this documentary as a voice for those who suffer with brain injuries. Brain injury impacts more than just the individual -- it impacts society as a whole."

BC's Lieutenant Governor, Judith Guichon feels the film is so important she is hosting a special screening at Government House, to educate key contacts in government, health care, the police judicial and social work communities. What's more, the film has already been receiving attention from unexpected quarters: Brain injury survivor, Derrick Forsyth, who narrates the film, was introduced to Prince William during his recent visit to Canada.

A Change of Mind, produced with support from The Telus Fund, can be watched:

  • November 19 on CHEK TV at 9:00pm PT
  • November 20 on OutTV at 8:00pm PT
  • It is also available for paid download here.

Through investigating the stories of brain injury survivors, their caseworkers, leading neuropsychologists, and the judicial system, A Change of Mind reveals a pervasive need for social and institutional change to support those with brain injuries. The following statistics are telling:

  • 80% of the prison population has a history of brain injury.
  • 95% of marriages fail after a spouse develops a brain injury.
  • 53% of homeless people have a brain injury.
  • The rate of suicide increases 4 times after a brain injury.

Dr. Cusimano, Professor of Neurosurgery at St Michael's Hospital, Toronto, is passionate on this topic: "Our society has taken the most precious organ we have and, for the sake of sport, or whatever, it's okay to hurt it. And it's okay to hurt it more than once. And, it's okay to ignore that there's actually an injury because the external appearance of the person suggests there's nothing wrong with them. It's just amazing how our society trivializes this most precious organ of ours."

As a result of research uncovered in A Change of Mind, a treatment tool called the Head Start App has been developed, to help brain injury survivors compensate for the loss or impairment of brain function.

"The Head Start App is the only app of its kind to provide brain injured individuals and their caregivers with a powerful rehabilitation aid," says Janelle Biagioni, one of the experts profiled in A Change of Mind. "I'm positive that this documentary, and the dedicated team behind it, will foster new, positive outcomes, to support people with brain injuries in their recovery."

The TELUS Fund finances the creation of exceptional health and wellness TV programs and digital media works that promote the health and well-being of Canadians:

May Street Productions is an award-winning production company with a respected reputation for telling compelling stories that change perceptions. Since 1996, May Street's television programming has been commissioned by prominent broadcasters including CTV, Corus, APTN, VisionTV and CBC. They've garnered Gemini nominations, Chris Awards, Awards of Excellence from the Alliance for Children's Television, the Maeda Prize in Japan and Hollywood's prestigious Humanitas Prize. They focus on TV programming that makes you think, makes you laugh, and leaves you thoroughly entertained:

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