Brain injury is often referred to as a 'hidden disability’ because although those affected sometimes show few physical signs of change, they can face enormous cognitive, behavioural and personality challenges. Rehabilitation helps them to reconstruct who they are - from relearning the basics of walking, talking and eating, to adapting to and finding new ways to deal with changes in memory, judgement and behaviour. Family members are often caught between grieving for the loved one they’ve lost and learning to love the person they are now.

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) is delighted to have been at the heart of a brand new Louis Theroux documentary: 'A Different Brain' for BBC Two. The documentary is about brain injury and the rehabilitation journey, showing how people and their families come to terms with this life-changing condition.

This year BIRT is proud to be celebrating 25 years as the charity leading brain injury rehabilitation across the UK through our network of 15 rehabilitation centres. We welcome this great opportunity to create awareness about brain injury and the effect it has on individuals and their families. Brain injury is non-discriminatory - it can affect anyone at any age, of any background, at any time. If you are a health or social care professional you can find out how to make a referral to a BIRT centre.

The Louis Theroux documentary called ‘A Different Brain’ was broadcast on Sunday 15th May 2016 at 9pm on BBC Two and is available on NetFlix.

He looks like my son… but he’s got a different soul inside him.”

Earl’s mum, Patricia.

Two of BIRT's centres have been specifically featured in the filming, Redford Court in Liverpool and Daniel Yorath House in Leeds. Amanda, who underwent rehabilitation at The Woodmill - BIRT’s centre in Cullompton, has also been featured, along with her family. A number of measures were put in place to ensure that the confidentiality, privacy and dignity of the people we support was protected at all times.

"The filming at the BIRT centres has been a fantastic opportunity to highlight the daily ups and downs for families and their loved ones as they try to come to terms with life-changing injuries with the support from our amazing staff. Louis and the team were incredibly sensitive to the changes in behaviour as well as the memory and communication problems the men and women at our centres can experience. We hope 'A Different Brain' will increase public awareness and understanding about life after brain injury."

Sarah Clifford, Director of Communications for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT).

[Although the brain injury's caused problems]… she's still the loving, caring person, the same Natalie.”

Natalie's mum, Chris

You can also download our BIRT brochure which tells you about the types of rehabilitation services we provide, where they are located, and the referral process. If you would like to get involved with us through fundraising then you can also do so through our Support Us link.

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Find out more about brain injury and rehabilitation
Please check out our Brain Injury Library to find out more about these injuries including how to get a copy of our BIRT Guide to Living - for adults with a brain injury.

The guide provides ten practical chapters on aspects of everyday life that we find can regularly affect people with a brain injury and their families.

Why not watch The Disabilities Trust's short animated film about the effects of brain injury. Have you ever considered your brain? Did you know that it needs to be exercised and protected? We also run an ongoing public awareness campaign called ‘Show Your Brain Some Love’ which highlights six top tips on how to help keep your brain healthy.

* The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust is grateful for the support of Leeds-based Core Telecom in providing our Freephone number in support of our involvement with the Louis Theroux documentary: A Different Brain.

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