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Brain Injury Awareness Week 2013 – “There IS life after brain injury”

2013-05-13

Each year over 2,000 people in Northern Ireland sustain a brain injury. Many more individuals and their families are living with the long term effects. Brain injuries occur due to a range of causes including falls, road traffic accidents and assault. This can have a life changing effect on the lives of individuals, their families and carers.

From 13th to 19th May, to mark Brain Injury Awareness Week, the Regional Acquired Brain Injury Implementation Group (RABIIG) is promoting the message “There IS life after brain injury”. A series of posters, leaflets and video clips will be launched as part of this campaign. These showcase the personal stories and experiences of service users which convey the positive message that with the right supports in place “There IS life after brain injury”.

RABIIG has been working since 2010 to improve brain injury services in Northern Ireland. Chaired jointly by the Health and Social Care Board and the Public Health Agency, the group has membership from statutory and voluntary organisations, users of services, parents and carers.

Kevin Keenan, Assistant Director of Social Services at the Health and Social Care Board said: “I am delighted to launch the events organised by the Regional Acquired Brain Injury Implementation Group to support Brain Injury Awareness Week. It is important to raise people’s awareness about brain injury and the challenges that brain injury can bring such as memory loss, mobility problems and personality changes. The theme for this year is to convey a positive message about life after brain injury. The personal experiences conveyed in this campaign are truly an inspiration to others and highlight that there IS life after brain injury”.

A series of recognition and awareness raising events will be delivered in each of the five Health and Social Care Trust areas during the week. These events also highlight the range of health and social care rehabilitation and support services available for individuals with brain injuries, their families and carers.

For further information about these events and Brain Injury Awareness Week please contact Johny Turnbull, Northern Ireland Regional Co-ordinator at Headway UK, on 078 2690 9110 or via email at ni.regional.co-ordinator@headway.org.uk. If you would like to learn more about the work of the Regional Acquired Brain Injury Implementation Group please contact David Petticrew at the Health and Social Care Board on 028 9055 3967 (ext: 2494) or via email at david.petticrew@hscni.net. Further information is also available on the Health and Social Care Board website at www.hscboard.hscni.net/RABIIG.

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