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:
- Change in sleeping patterns
- Ringing in ears
- Blurred vision
- Trouble with memory
- Trouble with concentration, attention, thinking
- Mood changes
- Epilepsy (seizures/fits)
- Trouble with mobility/ co-ordination