June is being recognized as Brain Injury Awareness Month across Canada, with The Town of Kindersley officially recognizing the event at the last Town Council meeting. 

The main goal during the month is to raise awareness of the importance of wearing proper protective helmets when playing sports, including riding bikes and skateboards. 

The Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association states that helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injury by as much as 88%. 

Along with raising awareness the association also attempts to improve the lives of brain injury survivors and their families.  The Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association also states that the traumatic effects of brain injury can disrupt one's daily life in a dramatic way, and can be devastating to survivors and their family and friends. 

Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability among youth worldwide, and the use of a helmet can mean the difference between life and death.

In Saskatchewan approximately 2200 people acquire a brain injury each year, a number that can be related to everything from bicycle and ATV accidents to sport and work related accidents. 

Brain Injury Awareness Month coincides with Kindersley's annual Positive Ticketing event, which began in May.  Children are being rewarded with positive tickets that they can cash in at local businesses, just for being safe on their bicycles.