17 June 2015
Who Are You Now? Brain Injury Survivors Can Now Tell Their Life Stories
Brain injury survivors have been given the opportunity to tell their life stories thanks to a new digital project from Headway East London.
Where Are You Now? is a recently-launched online writing project, giving brain injury survivors the chance to tell the world who they are, how they were injured and how their life has been affected.
The website currently features six stories written in the survivors’ own words. A new story will be published every three weeks and a total of 10 stories will be published this year.
More Brain Injury Survivors Can Tell their Stories
Headway East London says that more than 40,000 people each year are admitted to hospital with a brain injury in London alone.
Advances in medical care mean that more of these people are surviving, but many are left disabled by their injuries. Headway East London saw how the lives of many brain injury survivors are completely changed but in ways that are not always visible, even to the people that are closest to them.
Survivors can also find it difficult to communicate the effects of their injury to other people, causing frustration and misunderstanding all round. This prompted Headway East London to set up an online portal that allows brain injury survivors to tell their own stories, in their own words and style, and let the world know “who they are now.”
Who Are You Now? Helps Brain Injury Survivors Improve Communication Skills and Confidence
Communication problems after a brain injury are very common, with many brain injury survivors suffering speech impairments, difficulties in communication and a general loss of confidence.
Headway East London has found that working on the Who Are You Now? stories have helped brain injury survivors to repair these skills, improve their confidence and reach a deeper understanding of their experiences.
This is a great initiative from Headway, who do so much to try to improve and enrich the lives of people who are affected by brain injury.
Anyone who works with brain injury survivors, as we do at Slater and Gordon, will recognise that no two brain injuries are the same and many victims often have complex or even “hidden” injuries.
Not only will this initiative provide brain injury survivors with practical experiences, but it also gives them a voice which can only be a positive all round. Their stories may also inspire others who are at an earlier stage in their post-injury recovery and rehabilitation process.
Nick Godwin is a Principal Personal Injury Lawyer and the Practice Development Leader for Brain Injuries at Slater and Gordon in London.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers are proud to support Headway and are members of Headway’s Personal Injury Solicitors List.
For more information or expert legal advice, call our Brain Injury Solicitors on freephone 0800 916 9046. Our contact centre is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Alternatively, contact us online and we’ll get back to you.