If you care for someone who has had a head injury, a stroke, or a brain infection, perhaps, Headway has services and support that may be of interest to you. Headway is a not-for-profit organisation and does not charge for their services because they are funded through the HSE, donations and fundraising. The organisation was founded in 1985 by a group of families and interested professionals. Their goal was to try to meet the unmet needs of people with brain injuries and their carers. Since then, Headway has grown and now employs 55 staff in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Kerry and the South-East. We also have a Countrywide Information and Support Service for everyone affected by any type of brain injury.
So, how can an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) happen? It’s any sudden injury to a person’s brain as a result of an accident, drug overdose, stroke, haemorrhage, infection, heart attack, suicide attempt, or near-drowning, for example. This type of injury is known as an ‘acquired’ injury because the person wasn’t born with it, but received it during their lifetime.
Some brain injuries only have a minor impact; others have profound effects on how a person thinks and feels. These effects can leave people with lifelong difficulties, such as not being able to return to their previous jobs, finding socialising difficult, and sometimes no longer being able to live independently.
Headway aims to assist people to rebuild their lives after a brain injury. We do this through our specialist services, which are:
• Brain Injury Rehabilitation
• Day Services
• Rehabilitative Training
• Community Re-Integration
• Return to Work Support
• Psychological and Counselling Services
For family members, Headway offers nationwide phone and email support. We also provide individual counselling and group support in a number of locations.
To find out more about our family support and services in your area, phone us on Lo-Call 1890 200 278 from Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. You can also email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can post you out a free information pack, which includes a Carer & Family Guide – Coping with Acquired Brain Injury.
Headway Ireland Contact Information:
Phone: 01 604 0800
Visit our website to see more: www.headway.ie
There, you’ll find lots of information on life after brain injury, Headway services, survivor and families’ stories, blogs and videos.
Headway is also a member of the umbrella group Care Alliance Ireland. Care Alliance organises events for carers during National Carers Week, held in June every year. Details of events near you will be on the website from May onwards (by Ruth Lunnon).
Headway UK Contact Information:
*Headway UK supports people living in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
190 Bagnall Road
Phone:0115 924 0800
Phone:0115 958 4446