Letter: The silent epidemic

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I would like to make your readers aware that it is Action for Brain Injury Week, May 12-18.

A crucial aim of the campaign is drawing awareness to this silent epidemic and the issues facing people with acquired brain injury.

It is estimated that around 40,000 children in the UK sustain a brain injury each year.

Acquired brain injury can be caused by something such as a road accident, a fall or an illness like meningitis and can have major, long-lasting consequences.

Brain injury is often described as a ‘hidden disability’ because many children show no outward signs and yet struggle to cope with long-term, unseen problems with memory, communication and behaviour.

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury. We provide rehabilitation and support to children and families from across the country.

Our Brain Injury Hub website (www.braininjuryhub.co.uk) is a source of practical advice for parents and we also publish a range of books to help explain brain injury to children.

So during Action for Brain Injury Week please share the word about our resources so that we can help more children and young people living in the UK today with the long-term effects of acquired brain injury.

Dalton Leong

Chief executive, Children’s Trust