A short film release to battle isolation and loneliness for those living with a serious head injury

HIP video stillDespite the focus being on family and friends at this time of year, the season can be difficult for the one million people in the UK living with the long term effects of a brain injury.

Many people with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) can feel isolated and lonely because peers, family and friends have no understanding of the complicated symptoms that can be the result of a head trauma.

Head Injury People (HIP) in Cheshire have released a short film – with the help of Birchall Blackburn Law – to highlight the charity’s amazing work to prevent people from becoming isolated and lonely after a traumatic and life changing ABI event.

A brain injury can result in severe cognitive and behavioural changes that can lead to a lack of concentration, memory problems, slow response, poor communication, tiredness, headaches, hyper sensitivity, pain, seizures, mood swings, and a lack of motivation, impulsive behaviour, selfishness and depression.

Clare Emerton, Charity Fundraiser and Co-ordinator for HIP in Cheshire, says: “What unites all these symptoms is the fact that none of them are physical. A loved-one or friend can look exactly the same as they did before the traumatic accident or illness. The lack of physical disabilities means that friends, family and members of the public can find it difficult to understand the unsociable and sometimes extreme behaviour of an ABI sufferer.

“These hidden disabilities are obviously isolating for a person living with a brain injury and their first reaction can be to withdraw from social interaction and hide away, which is devastating for their rehabilitation and quality of life. We work very hard to prevent this happening.”

HIP in Cheshire is an inspiring charity that helps and supports survivors, their families, friends and carers. The charity aims to reduce loneliness and isolation for people with brain injuries, and improve the quality of life of families trying to cope in the aftermath of a head injury.

Dianne Yates, Partner and Head of Serious and Catastrophic Injury for Birchall Blackburn Law, says: “It can be and usually is very tough on family and friends to come to terms with their loved-one’s head injury and symptoms. Potentially it can feel like the person they knew has gone and someone else has taken their place. It makes the work of HIP in Cheshire even more important to promote understanding and prevent social exclusion, which is why we helped the charity create the short film.”

For information about HIP in Cheshire please visit www.hipincheshire.org.uk or call Clare Emerton on 07900 158 166.