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Headway teams up with Uni of Sunderland for loneliness research

Tue 30 Mar 2021

Headway has teamed up with the University of Sunderland to investigate experiences of loneliness through the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

The research, led by Dr Stephen Dunne, aims to explore how people cope with and experience loneliness through the lockdown. It will compare the experiences of people with brain injury and those without to see whether there are any differences in the way that brain injury survivors have coped through lockdown and what factors are related to this.

If you are interested in taking part in a survey to share your experiences, or would like further information, click here

If you are interested in completing an interview to share your experiences, please contact lead researcher Dr Stephen Dunne at The interview will involve being asked questions about your brain injury, your support network, socialising, loneliness and how lockdown has affected you. It will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams and is expected to last approximately 40 minutes. A Headway member, family or friends can be present during the interview.

Loneliness is a common experience after brain injury. The impact of brain injury can cause many to become isolated, either through friends and family drifting away or no longer being able to socialise in the same way. For some, the social restrictions placed by the pandemic lockdown have therefore not changed life too significantly. The research being conducted by the University of Sunderland will help to understand this in more detail.

Headway will also be exploring these themes through this year’s Action for Brain Injury Week campaign A life of lockdown?, which will run from 17 – 23rd May.


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