Every 90 seconds, someone in the UK is admitted to hospital with a brain injury – that’s a staggering 350,000 people per year. Headway’s Action for Brain Injury (ABI) Week is an annual campaign designed to raise awareness and understanding of brain injury and to help give survivors and their loved ones a voice.
This year’s ABI Week campaign entitled Every 90 Seconds, took place from 15 – 21st May and highlighted how common brain injuries are and how they can affect any of us at any time.
Brain injuries can have many causes including strokes, tumours, falls, road traffic collisions, assaults, and concussions and can have life-long consequences for survivors and their loved ones.
Throughout ABI Week, Headway shared real-life stories from brain injury survivors and their partners, talking candidly about brain injury and how Headway is helping them to rebuild their lives.
Headway Tyneside interviewed some of our members, who shared their stories of brain injury and how their lives have changed as a result. Follow the video link to learn more how Headway supports brain injury survivors and their families. Keep an eye on our Youtube Channel, as we will add more stories in the coming weeks.
Colin Morris, Director of Communications at Headway – the brain injury association, said: “Every 90 seconds, someone in the UK is admitted to hospital with a brain injury – it’s a startling statistic that I’m sure will stop many of us in our tracks.
“People tend to think these things only happen to other people, but the reality is brain injuries can impact any of us at any time – and it only takes a second for someone’s life to be changed forever.
“During the campaign, we hope people will take a second to learn more about brain injury through hearing powerful stories.
We want people to see how they can support our work to rebuild meaningful lives and to take a second to consider donating their time volunteering with Headway or simply to share our message.”
Take a second to find out more on the main campaign page.