The pack, which comprises two new booklets and five new factsheets, offers information on how different aspects of relationships can be affected after brain injury. Information and guidance is aimed towards brain injury survivors themselves, relatives, friends and colleagues. A separate new booklet addresses the sensitive topic of sex and sexuality after brain injury.
“We have known for a long time, from anecdotal evidence and research, that brain injury affects not just the survivor themselves, but often those around the survivor too,” says Tamsin Ahmad, Publications and Research Manager at Headway. “Our own research conducted for our campaign A New Me found that many brain injury survivors feel that their friends, family and colleagues don’t understand the nature of brain injury and how it has affected them – but they wish that they did.
"We also often speak to families and friends wishing to learn more about brain injury, as unfortunately, information and guidance is not routinely offered to them despite the impact that a brain injury can have on their lives too.
"We hope that these new publications are a step towards addressing these issues and raising awareness and understanding of brain injury.”
The following publications are now all available to download for free from the Information Library, or in the related resources section below:
- Relationships after brain injury (PDF)
- Sex and sexuality after brain injury (PDF)
- Brain injury: a guide for friends (PDF)
- Brain injury: a guide for partners (PDF)
- Brain injury: a guide for grandparents (PDF)
- Brain injury: a guide for siblings (PDF)
- Brain injury: a guide for colleagues (PDF)
They add to our existing publications on Parenting after brain injury (PDF), Supporting children when a parent has had a brain injury (PDF) and Caring for someone with a brain injury (PDF).
Many thanks to Dr Giles Yeates, Clinical Neuropsychologist and Couples Therapist, for providing expert guidance on these publications, and to Irwin Mitchell for their kind sponsorship.
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