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A Life Re-written in Northern Ireland

Wed 22 May 2024

Headway’s Action for Brain Injury Week 2024 runs across the UK from 20th May- 26th May 2024. Headway in Northern Ireland has once again partnered with other brain injury charities to be part of the campaign.

Help is out there

In Northern Ireland, roughly 10,000 people experience brain injury every year.  This video has been created by The Cedar Foundation, Brain Injury Matters, Child Brain Injury Trust and Headway in Northern Ireland to let people in Northern Ireland know that help is out there, if you need it.

In support of the 2024 campaign A Life Re-written, Headway Northern Ireland also organised an art exhibition.

Melanie Bowden, Network Support Manager, said:

“An acquired brain injury is not something anyone would choose, but the stories in the art illustrate how everyone is moving forward down their new life path.”

Over eighty brain injury survivors from Headway groups across Northern Ireland decorated small wooden feet to reflect their thoughts, feelings and personal journeys.

The exhibition also features contributions from patients currently in the Regional Acquired Brain Injury unit in Musgrave Park Hospital. They decorated foot shapes with words to show us how they’re feeling as they begin their journey of A Life Re-written.

The individual art pieces highlight the many stages and aspects of living with an acquired brain injury. Some feet highlight overcoming struggles, or a particular difficulty, others showcase an important task or achievement e.g. making a cup of tea for the first time. No matter how insignificant the achievement may feel, or where they are on the path they are important steps.

Overall, the exhibition shows a shared journey from the beginning of an acquired brain injury, making strides along the way, to a point where they are looking towards the future.

Take time to walk in their footsteps.

You can find more about the Action for Brain Injury campaign, A Life Re-written, from the links below.

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