What is Brain Injury?

The brain is the central organ that controls everything we do and every aspect of who we are as a person. This is why a head injury can be so impactful to somebody’s life in many ways (e.g physically, psychologically, socially etc).

An injury to the brain/head can result in life-changing consequences for individuals and their families.

That is the reason that we exist as a charity; acquired brain injury (ABI) is the leading cause of death and disability in the UK, which shows how important it is for us to help those affected by brain injury.

1 million people in the UK are living with the effects of a long-term brain injury.

What are the causes of traumatic brain injury (TBI)?

  • 50% road traffic crashes
  • 21% caused by falls, trips, slips
  • 12% physical assaults (incl. domestic violence)
  • 10% sports
  • 7% other incidences

Some facts about acquired brain injury (ABI) – excl TBI’s:

  • Over 130,000 people in England & Wales have a stroke each year
  • 450,000 people in England are living with a severe disability as a result of a stroke
  • 13,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year in the UK

Some of the effects of a brain injury:

  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Change in sleeping patterns
  • Confusion
  • Ringing in ears
  • Blurred vision
  • Trouble with memory
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue/Lethargy
  • Trouble with concentration, attention, thinking
  • Mood changes
  • Lightheadedness
  • Epilepsy (seizures/fits)
  • Trouble with mobility/ co-ordination
  • Depression/Anxiety