About Brain Injury

Each year in the UK, one million people attend hospital with a TBI (an injury caused by an accident or violence). One in every 300 families will be affected by the long term effects of brain injury.

  • Males are 2-3 times more likely to have a head injury than females.  In the 15-29 age range, males are 5 times more likely to do so.
  • The majority of head injuries are preventable.
  • Relatives of people with a brain injury report that the 10 most difficult problems are:
  • personality changes
  • slowness
  • poor memory
  • irritability
  • bad temper
  • tiredness
  • depression
  • rapid mood changes
  • tension and anxiety
  • threats of violence.
  • Some 90% of those who have had a severe brain injury make a good physical recovery.  This means their disability is effectively hidden.
  • A large number of people with “moderate” or “mild” brain injury also experience significant changes to their lives.
  • Information leaflets, literature and publications can be found at www.headwayuk.org.uk.


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