Creating the missing emotional & mental health recovery services essential for brain injury & stroke survivors

Over 10,000 people have written to SameYou telling us that they don't have the necessary therapies to help them recover. Read our report analysing why survivors and their loved ones feel unable to move on after brain injury.

SameYou's vision is to transform the way brain injury survivors and their loved ones are supported through emotional, mental health and cognitive recovery services.

But we can't do this alone. We need you - our survivors, carers, providers and allies to join SameYou in the recovery revolution. Together we can transform the lives of the 1 in 3 people who will develop a brain injury at some point in their lives.

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SameYou are collaborating with UCSF, one of the USA's leading academic medical centres to expand our Neuro Recovery Directory

The University of California San Francisco Neurorecovery Clinic has put together a resource guide for patients, families and caregivers. It features services and programmes in the Bay Area and beyond that support patients with neurological injuries or concerns. 

View the full directory of support services here

Survivor Stories

Many of you have written to SameYou about your experience of brain injury and told us how you identified with Emilia's story. There was a common feeling of relief about hearing a familiar story from someone young, and speaking out to normalise the injury. People were comforted that Emilia had gone through something similar to them or to a family member or loved one. 

The overwhelming emotion was of gratitude that Emilia was breaking her silence and that enabled and emboldened so many others to tell their brain injury story - some for the first time. It was as if people now have permission to speak out about their story.

I get days when I just want to give up. But after hearing your story it has made me realise, I'm not on my own!

You have told us that by sharing your stories, and reading other people's, offers hope, comfort and much needed peer-to-peer support that is often hard to find. 

SameYou have created this support resource called Portraits to tell the untold story of brain injury. If you would like to share your story, please get in touch here.

Portrait: Myra K

I was approaching the end of my first year working as a Nurse Practitioner when I suddenly became the patient instead of the prescriber.

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Portrait: Kym C

I am a wife, mother of three, and a second grade teacher. By sharing my story, I hope that someone might find comfort in knowing they are not alone and that recovery from brain injury happens at its own pace.

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Portrait: Anonymous

I had a SAH in January, 2019. I was 29 years old at the time: fit, a keen sports person, and it came out of the blue.

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This short film tells the stories of brain injury survivors from the survivors themselves

We asked them to tell us how they feel. Some of them have done this for the very first time. We applaud their courage for speaking out. We invite everyone to hear and understand the lived experiences of brain injury and find out what has helped people recover and what is needed to help so many more. 

When you leave hospital, make sure recovery comes home with you.

When you leave hospital, it can feel like you are ‘falling off a cliff’. SameYou have created digital resource library with our wide community of clinicians and therapists to provide reassurance on your journey to recovery and finding your SameYou.

Tai Chi for survivors of brain injury and stroke

With a background in Chinese martial arts (tai chi and kung fu), Dr Giles Yeates demonstrates a Tai Chi routine for survivors of brain injury and stroke to try.

Positive Minds: Introduction to returning to work

Returning to work or a meaningful purposeful activity is an essential part of many people's journey's following a brain injury or stroke. Dr Giles Yeates looks at what is entailed in the journey back to work.

 

Positive Minds: Returning to work post brain injury

Dr. Giles Yeates looks at the complicated journey back to work after a brain injury or stroke and the need for support from employers and clinical services.