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Council supports campaign to highlight the effects of brain injury || London ||

Some of the often unseen effects of brain injury are being highlighted this week as Tower Hamlets Council joins partner organisations to support Action for Brain injury Week.

National brain injury charity Headway estimates that there are at least 100,000 people in London living with the long-term effects of a brain injury.

Headway East London works with approximately 700 brain injury survivors in Tower Hamlets and other East London boroughs annually, offering a range of therapy, advocacy and family support services.

The charity’s national campaign, Action For Brain Injury Week from May 8-15, aims to raise awareness of brain injury and provide a platform for people to share their experiences in order to challenge misperceptions of brain injury. 

Isle of Dogs resident Joe Crossley is urging people in Tower Hamlets to support the campaign.

Joe’s son Hayden, nine, fell ill when he was six years old and initially, doctors thought it was an infection.

 Joe explained that it was encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain.

Hayden was treated at the Royal London and Great Ormond Street hospitals and although Joe says, “we are lucky that he has recovered”, Hayden has a legion on the frontal lobe of his brain, which has left him with problems including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which has caused behavioural symptoms such as inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

Hayden, a pupil at Harbinger Primary School, takes medication for his condition.

“People look at Hayden and might think he is a picture of health. It is often difficult to explain that he is not badly behaved but is living with the effects of a brain injury,” his dad said.

This year’s Action for Brain Injury Week coincides with Hayden’s birthday and Joe is helping to raise funds and awareness, supported by the council, head teacher Mandy Boutwood, and staff and pupils at Harbinger School.

Joe also, acknowledges the support ofChild and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), which works in partnership with the council to offer support to parents of children and young people who have difficulties with behavioural wellbeing.

As part of the Tower Hamlets Together partnership, the council works collaboratively with health, community and voluntary organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of residents.

Denise Radley, corporate director, health, adults and community, said: “Action for Brain Injury Week gives people in Tower Hamlets an opportunity to join in conversations about the effects of brain injury for both survivors and those close to them.

“Our integrated approach to providing health services and signposting residents to specialist providers such as Headway, supports people in Tower Hamlets to live healthier, more independent lives.”

Headway East London will host a pop up shop from May 8-12 at 93 Kingsland Road, E2. The charity invites visitors to learn more about the experience of brain injury survivors through exhibitions, workshops and other events.

Residents can also follow, #ANewMe a platform where people share their experiences in order to challenge misperceptions of brain injury while demonstrating the value of having access to the right help, at the right time.

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