You, me, and brain injury

As anyone directly affected by brain injury will tell you, it’s not just the individual that is impacted. Relationships can be altered in an instant, with the ripple effect of brain injury changing the lives and futures of partners, family members and friends.

The campaign logos: "You, me, and brain injury" alongside "Action for brain injury week 2018 - 14-20 May"

You, me, and brain injury highlights the effect brain injury can have on many different lives, in many different ways, while demonstrating the various ways in which people can help those living with brain injury to adapt and regain a degree of confidence and independence.

The campaign is part of Action for Brain Injury Week on 14-20 May, building on the success of last year’s A New Me campaign by once again putting people directly affected by brain injury at the heart of our awareness-raising work.

Charity study highlights the power of positive relationships

Keely McGhee and her best friend

A new study by the charity Headway has shown the positive impact relationships can have on helping to rebuild people’s lives following a brain injury.

The study found:

  • 69% of brain injury survivors reported breakdowns in their friendships after brain injury.
  • However, 47% of brain injury survivors reported improvements in the relationships they had with family members, highlighting the positive impact we can have on the lives of people with brain injury. 

Read the full results

Get involved and raise awareness

There are many ways to support our campaign this year. Click on the ones that you fancy for more details.

Create a short ‘Thanks to you’ video 

Make a short video about someone who has helped you cope after brain injury; that special person who has been your rock, shown you vital support and helped you take on life.

Share your story

Have your relationships changed since brain injury? Tell us how and help us raise awareness.

Pick a song

What one song have you turned to after you or a loved one sustained a brain injury? Why does it mean so much to you?

Share our posts

We need you to share all our posts on your social media, the more noise we make, the more people we can help.

Take part in Hats for Headway Day

Every year, we ask our supporters to wear a wacky hat, make a donation to Headway and post a picture on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #HatsForHeadway.


My story

"Things are going to be different, but they'll still be good."

When Richard Symes suffered a stroke in 2012, his partner Paula Stanford worried whether their relationship would survive. As part of our You, me and brain injury campaign, Paula explained that although their relationship has changed, their love remains the same.

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