‘Brain Injury – It could happen to you.’
Now that’s a daunting thought – almost unimaginable. We can empathise with someone who has a brain injury or we may fear for the safety of our loved ones when they are out driving, cycling or walking, but rarely would we stop to think that a brain injury could actually happen to us.
With our ever increasingly busy lives, we are all too often in a rush to get from A to B. Life moves at such a fast pace and we all unintentionally take avoidable risks from time to time. Our lifestyles can also unfortunately impact on our overall health and wellbeing. It really can feel as though there are sometimes just not enough hours in the day.
Have you tripped over whilst rushing through town responding to an urgent text or email? Have you beeped at a pedestrian who seemingly absent mindedly steps out on to the road? Many of us have experienced that intense moment when we narrowly escape a collision of some sort.
Recent local reports confirm there has been a significant rise in serious traffic accidents – the devasting road accidents involving cyclists last year highlight these concerns. 9% of Headway Jersey’s members acquired their brain injury through road or cycle accidents. A further 22% became injured through a fall, most of these taking place at work or in the home.
Stroke is the main cause of brain injury for our members and although genes play a part in the risk of suffering a stroke, lifestyle and diet can also highly increase these chances.
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Causes of brain injury vary immensely, from road and cycling accidents, right through to allergic reactions and viruses. Although many causes of brain injury are simply beyond our control, there are measures we can all take to reduce risk. Adopting a healthier life style, increasing road safety awareness and wearing cycle helmets are a few simple ways that you can help yourself and others to avoid acquiring a brain injury.
Here at Headway, we have noticed an increase in referrals over the past year and we are hoping we can help reduce these numbers through education and advice. We currently have over 110 Members on our books with at least 65 of these actively accessing the centre and services. We need to raise over £300,000 to maintain existing services and further develop our rehabilitation service. It is therefore essential that we are able to raise the required finds to ensure that individuals and their families receive the best support possible.
“Headway’s Action for Brain Injury Week provides an opportunity for the Charity to raise awareness of the effects of brain injury and the importance of taking all precautions to avoid it. Headway supports an increasing number of people who have suffered brain injury as well their families. The Centre is open three days a week for all members and another two days a week for specialist rehabilitation programmes. The services Headway provides are invaluable to members and Action for Brain Injury Week gives us the opportunity to raise funds to keep the Centre going. Please help us to help our members by making a donation. Every penny stays in the Island to support local people.”
CEO Headway Jersey