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This week, it’s Action for Brain Injury Week 2021. An annual campaign aimed at raising awareness of the life-changing impact of brain injuries.
Organised by the leading brain injury charity, Headway UK, the central theme of this year’s campaign is ‘A Life of Lockdown?’ focusing on social isolation after brain injury.
Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on everyone. But for many brain injury survivors, social isolation is something they have to live with every day.
The effects of brain injury can leave people lacking confidence to interact with others, making them feel isolated, lonely and alone. It can also be challenging for family members supporting loved ones with a brain injury, taking a toll on their emotional wellbeing.
Headway UK research has found that more than half (57%) of those who sustained their brain injury within the past two years say COVID-19 has negatively impacted their access to specialist treatment.
A further 64% of those living with the long-term effects of brain injury reported a deterioration in their mental health due to measures implemented to control the spread of COVID-19. And almost two thirds (62%) say they now fear for their future.
Headway’s ‘A Life of Lockdown’ campaign aims to give a voice to those affected by brain injury and raise awareness of this all-too-common impact of brain injury, with the simple message of ‘Reach Out to Help Out’.
It offers a range of information to help explain why the often invisible effects of brain injury can lead to isolation while offering simple guides and tips to help brain injury survivors overcome these feelings – encouraging friends, family and colleagues to offer support whenever they can.
“The easing of lockdown is wonderful for many, but for people living with the devastating reality of a severe brain injury, those feelings of social isolation and alienation will sadly continue.
“That’s why Headway UK’s campaign is so important to raise awareness of the issue and ensure more help and support is available to brain injury survivors and their families.
“Here at Novum Law, we support brain-injured clients and their families every day. And we are committed to helping them achieve long-term financial security, rehabilitation and care and support. We welcome Headway UK’s initiative to encourage more people to reach out to help out and make a big difference to brain injury survivors’ lives.”
Headway UK has developed a series of useful top tips to help people with brain injuries, and their families cope with and overcome the challenges of isolation.
If you’d like to find out more about the ‘A Life of Lockdown’ campaign, please visit Action for Brain Injury Week.
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