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Ten years of excellence for Headway resources

Wed 26 Sep 2018

Headway publications have been recognised in the British Medical Association's (BMA) Patient Information Awards for the tenth year running.

Awards for Sex and sexuality after brain injury and Brain injury: a guide for friends bring the total number of accolades from the BMA to an impressive 26 in just 10 years.

"We are delighted with these two latest accolades," said Luke Griggs, Director of Communications at Headway.

"We have always been immensely proud of the quality of our publications, which are free for all who need them, but to consistently receive validation from such a well-respected organisation as the BMA is very satisfying.

"I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who has contributed to the production of these vital resources over the years, not least the brain injury survivors, carers, and professionals whose personal experiences and expertise have helped shape all of our resources.

"We will continue to strive to produce new high-quality publications to help people to better understand and adapt to life after brain injury."

Sex and sexuality after brain injury and Brain injury: a guide for friends, both of which were published as part of the relationships publications pack, were recognised at this year's BMA Patient Information Awards, which took place last week.

Sex and sexuality after brain injury was highly commended by the BMA, with judges commenting:

“This is an often-neglected area and one that causes embarrassment for patients and their carers for a number of reasons. This resource attempts to help with dealing with the reality of the injury impacting on sexuality and intimacy.”

The booklet, which has been accessed by almost 1,300 people since being published last year, offers information on sexual issues after brain injury, such as how the physical, emotional and cognitive effects of brain injury can affect sexuality and offers tips on how to cope with these changes and where to seek professional support from.

The booklet was written with expert guidance from Dr Giles Yeates, Clinical Neuropsychologist and Couple’s Therapist.

Headway would like to thank the brain injury survivors and carers who contributed to this booklet by sharing their personal experiences, and Irwin Mitchell for sponsoring it.

Brain injury: a guide for friends was commended by the BMA, which said:

“This is a very good resource, with good user involvement and relevant content.”

The popular factsheet offers information to friends of brain injury survivors to help them with better understand brain injury and how they can support the survivor. It also features a list of phrases commonly used by friends that should be avoided, following in the success of Headway’s film What not to say to someone with a brain injury.

Headway would like to thank the brain injury survivors who contributed to this factsheet by sharing their personal experiences.



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