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Think First Program

About 'Think First'

The National Road Safety Council has been designated an affiliate chapter of 'Think First' an internationally renowned organization which focuses on the prevention of brain and spinal injury through education. This programme has been implemented in Jamaica in collaboration with the neurosurgeons from the University Hospital of the West Indies, Mona, and Stanford University Medical Centre, USA.


'Think First' slogan

The slogan of 'Think First' is USE YOUR MIND TO PROTECT YOUR BODY


Mission Statement

'Think First' is dedicated to preventing brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries through the education of individuals, community leaders and creators of public policy.'


Reasons for 'Think First'

Paralysis from a spinal cord injury has no known cure. Newly paraplegic or quadriplegic (most often at a young age) spinal cord injured persons must re-adapt their lifestyle to include living with a major and costly disability. Likewise, brain injuries may result in a multitude of problems including loss of the ability to speak or concentrate. Reasoning and memory skills may be impaired and paralysis may occur. Emotional and cognitive defects often prevent those with head injuries from ever living completely independent lives. Both injuries can be and are often fatal.

Neurosurgeons are often called to treat these injuries and all too frequently are frustrated that the neurological improvement is minimal. It is, therefore, logical for neurosurgeons to take an active role in the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries.


Basic Education Programme

The basic education programme of 'Think First' highlights the personal vulnerability and consequences of risk-taking and is presented to high school students/office workers in assemblies or classroom settings. The programme consists of the following segments:


         A 15-minute film 'On the Edge' which features young people, who have had brain or spinal cord injuries, discussing the consequences of high-risk activities.


         A brief presentation by a neurosurgeon about the anatomy and epidemiology of brain and spinal cord injury


         A young person, who has sustained spinal cord injury, discusses his/her injury and the physical, emotional and social consequences


         A neurosurgeon discusses the prevention of secondary injuries in a question and answer session

         A wrap-up session


If you are interested in having the 'Think First' programme conducted at your school/office, please contact the National Road Safety Council at:


Tel: 968-1108

Fax: 754-1192

E-mail: roadsafety@cwjamaica.com


You can also fill out a request form and return to us.









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