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"The brain is the crown jewel of the human body. This three-pound organ is the seat of intelligence, interpreter of the senses, initiator of body movement, and controller of behavior. Lying in its bony shell and washed by protective fluid, the brain is the source of all the qualities that define our humanity."
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
When something goes wrong in the brain, our ‘control centre’, it can affect every aspect of life. Today, more than 10 million Canadians are living with a brain condition (neurological or psychiatric). Best estimates suggest that approximately 5.5 million have a neurological condition, and between 5 and 6 million will experience a mental health disorder at some time in their life.
The NHCC aims to improve public awareness and understanding of brain conditions, and related issues, so that individuals and families living with these disorders will experience a greater quality of life. Our objective is to dispel stigma and sensitize the public and policy makers to better understand and plan for the serious implications facing so many millions of Canadians.