A life re-written A life re-written will be a campaign that illustrates how brain injury can affect anyone at any time, focussing particularly on how it throws plans into disarray, changes life goals, and even the sense of who we are.


With seven out of ten brain injury survivors and carers reporting that their mental health is worse, with anxiety and depression commonly reported, share this video to raise awareness for people living with brain injury.

New research shows more than three-quarters of brain injury survivors (78%) have had to change their life goals because of their brain injury

Types of goals that needed to be changed varied, but often related to:

  • Career prospects
  • Retirement plans
  • Sports and hobbies
  • Undertaking further studies
  • Getting married, having children or becoming a grandparent
  • Travelling
  • Owning one’s own property.

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Brain injury: A life re-written

As part of the campaign, we launched a set of surveys to explore what contributes to the experience of life feeling so changed after brain injury. The surveys contained both quantitative and qualitative questions to gather experiences from people with lived experience of brain injury on how their lives had been changed by the injury.

The surveys were completed by a total of 3,693 people affected by brain injury. Of these, 2,406 were brain injury survivors and 1,287 were family, partners, friends and carers of survivors.  Here are some key findings, and a selection of quotes from survey respondents. 

Explore the results in the infographic below, or download the full report or a short-form summary to explore the results.

BBC The Traitors star Andrew Jenkins fronts 'A Life Re-written'!

We are thrilled that BBC The Traitors star Andrew Jenkins has taken part in this year's Action for Brain Injury Week campaign!

Andrew said:

“Headway – the brain injury association is an amazing charity doing amazing things to help people rebuild their lives after brain injury. I’m delighted to support this year’s Action for Brain Injury Week and help tell the story of others who have had their lives re-written by brain injury.”

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Support the campaign

During ABI week, whether you're an individual or an organisation, we encourage you to highlight the subject of brain injury by sharing your support, your lived experience, and your fundraising events and activities across email and social media.​

We have put together this digital toolkit where you can access everything you need!

Social media toolkit

Our thanks to our campaign sponsors

Thank you to Irwin Mitchell for their sponsorship and to TBI Media for making the campaign films for free.  Your support has truly helped to improve life after brain injury.

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