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    Sources of help

    Over time many people become tired of looking for help from medical services because they have been persistently dismissed. The most important thing to remember is that people do want to help. Doctors, friends, and family often struggle with understanding what help is needed because they don’t have the knowledge or information that would help them realise what they can do for you.

    It is important to be persistent and to keep trying. A lot of people find it necessary to educate the people they need to help them. One of the main reasons for this is the lack of awareness amongst doctors. When they don’t understand the serious complications, symptoms and outcomes of a brain injury, and fail to make a referral to a specialist, very often families end up not taking the brain injury seriously either.

    Until protocols change, which they slowly are doing in some places, the issues created by this lack of awareness will continue to happen.

    Local brain injury support groups often have access to many resources and will be able to offer emotional support. Every group varies in what it can offer directly, however, they will always do their best to point you in the right direction.

    GBIA run an educational group on Facebook – Unravelling Brain Injury – where we run expert-led webinars, workshops, cognitive re-training and more! For everyone affected by or working in the field of brain injury!

    There is also a well-administered Facebook support group you might like to join – search for ‘Traumatic Brain Injury Healing & Recovery Support Group’