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You, me and brain injury: Relationship changes after brain injury

Mon 14 May 2018

A report into the findings of the Headway survey Relationship changes after brain injury, which sought to explore the ripple effect of brain injury

In spring 2018 Headway conducted a survey to explore how relationships are affected after brain injury. The survey was designed to be filled in by brain injury survivors, as well as partners, family members, friends and co-workers of brain injury survivors. The aim of the survey was to study the ‘ripple effect’ of brain injury. The survey also sought to explore how brain injury affected the way people feel about themselves and their lives.

This report presents a summary of the findings of the survey and their implications.

The survey was designed to inform Headway’s 2018 Action for Brain Injury Week campaign entitled You, me and brain injury. The campaign set out to demonstrate the rippling impact of brain injury among a much wider network than just the brain injury survivor.

The questionnaire was hosted on the Survey Monkey website and promoted via email to all Headway groups and branches, and on the Headway website and social media channels. Groups and branches were asked to encourage as many service users as possible to take part and provide any help necessary. Hard copies were also made available to download from the Headway website or sent out on request.

The survey was open from 15 March 2018 to 16 April 2018. It consisted of both closed and open-ended questions to gather quantitative and qualitative responses.
1,002 people responded to the survey. Headway would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to participate.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the research please contact Tamsin Ahmad on

Media requests should be directed to James Coxon on or 0115 947 1901.

You can download the full study results below.


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