New research by brain injury charity Headway has shed light on the impact of brain injury.
According to a study, around three quarters (74%) of brain injury survivors feel like a new person following their injury.
While for many of the survey’s 800-plus respondents the impact of having to come to terms with losing their old self was entirely negative, many others reported a surprising degree of positivity - with some going as far as acknowledging the anniversary of their injury as ‘a new birthday’.
It is hoped the findings will help to increase understanding of brain injury among the public, as well as health and social care professionals.
The study found:
- 74% of brain injury survivors feel like ‘a new person’ following their injury.
- 77% of brain injury survivors feel friends and family do not understand the effects of their injury.
- 56% of respondents reported their brain injury had had a negative impact on family life.
- 74% of people felt their social life was worse – with 60% of people feeling that their friends did not understand their injury.
- 69% of people felt their self-esteem was worse.
- 62% of respondents acknowledge the anniversary of their injury; of those who positively commented on their anniversary, 1 in 10 explicitly mentioned acknowledging it as a new birthday.
The report has been issued as part of the charity’s new campaign entitled A New Me, which aims to give a voice to those affected by brain injury in order to highlight the hidden effects of brain injury.
You can download the full report here, and for further information visit www.ANewMe.org.uk.