The Connection between Traumatic Brain Injury & Mental Health

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) accounts for 2.8 million emergency department visits per year and contributes to a third of all injury-related deaths in the United States. 
  • As many as 1 in 3 patients continue to have impaired functioning 10 years after a TBI and nearly half develop a long-term disability.
  • Many people who survive live with chronic TBI-related disabilities, in large part attributable to behavioral factors such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, irritability, impulsivity, anger/aggression, substance misuse, and cognitive impairment.
  • TBI increases the risk and complexity of a host of behavioral health conditions and complicates treatments that require patient self-management.
  • Persisting TBI symptoms can increase the risk of unemployment, caretaker burnout, and longer-term functional impairment or decline. 

Successful TBI recovery can depend in large part on access and adherence to behavioral health treatment.  Early identification and intervention improve outcomes, but community resources are scarce and fragmented. This program offers community providers who care for patients who have had a TBI with focused didactics and patient case consultations throughout Washington State.

Join us:

WHAT: Connecting front-line providers with specialists to discuss evidence-based treatments and case consultation on the management of behavioral health problems in patients with TBI. 

WHEN: Monthly online clinic held 1st and 3rd Fridays 12:00-1:30 PM PST

WHO: Any provider based in any setting who are managing patients with post-TBI behavioral health problems.

HOW: Join us via Zoom real-time, interactive video teleconference

Accreditation with Commendation: The University of Washington School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: The University of Washington School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 34.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. (Each session is 1.5 credits).

This accreditation is effective from January through December 2023.


Please refer to Frequently Asked Questions or contact us:  tbi-bh@uw.edu