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.

Action for Brain Injury Week (ABI Week) 20th - 26th May

ABI Week provides an annual platform on which we raise awareness of brain injury and this year, the campaign is called: A life re-written.

A life re-written

This campaign will illustrate 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.

A life re-written will tell the story of plans gone awry. Most of us have at least a rough life plan in our heads, however, plans can be violently thrown off course either by an illness or accident leading to brain injury.

These events will often come out of nowhere and may spark a re-evaluation of life aims and objectives, requiring a recalibration of what is important to us.

Identity after brain injury

A life re-written will look at identity after brain injury.  We will chart positive examples of brain injury survivors who have experienced post-traumatic growth and successfully rebuilt their careers, relationships and lives. We will also outline the realism of life post-brain injury and how positive outcomes aren’t always the norm. This would include the ripple effect on others, for example how partners are affected, and how they also make life changes, sacrifices and adjustments to their own goals and expectations.

The campaign will not only illustrate life before and after brain injury, it will also include reference to an individual’s 'sliding doors’ moment e.g. the time their brain injury occurred or when they learned of their illness, this will bring it home how brain injury can happen to anyone at any time.


Complete our new surveys

Two new surveys have been launched to gather first-hand insight into these issues. One survey is for brain injury survivors to complete, while the other is for families, partners, friends and carers of a brain injury survivor.

Each survey takes around 14 minutes to complete and can be done anonymously. There is the option at the end of the survey to be contacted by Headway to further support us with our campaign work/research in this area.

Click on these links to complete the surveys

Paper copies of the survey are available to download from this page, although where possible we would encourage you to complete the digital surveys, which are available from the following links below:

Survey for brain injury survivors

Survey for families, partners, friends and carers

Thank you for your support! 

We are very grateful to anyone who completes or shares our survey, as your responses will help us to understand how people’s life stories are re-written after brain injury.

Results of the survey will be announced during ABI Week 2024 (20th – 26th May 2024).


More information about the campaign and how you can get involved will appear on our website and social media soon.


Further information