When Lydia was feeling very low, she started drinking heavily and taking drugs. In 2019, she took an overdose which left her with a brain injury. Here, as part of the #ThroughOurEyes campaign, Lydia talks about how our support services gave her back her independence.

“Before my brain injury, I led quite a chaotic lifestyle. I was struggling with my mood and took drugs and drank a lot. I took an overdose, which caused my brain injury. When I first went to Daniel Yorath House, I needed help with washing, dressing and eating. I struggled to remember things.

The biggest difficulty was with my vision as I couldn’t see things the same way I did before. This had a massive impact on my life. I know now I will need support to do a lot of things, but I do feel I will be able to adapt.

Relearning skills

In occupational therapy, I relearned how to wash and dress myself and now I can do this independently. I also worked with a psychologist to learn how to manage my emotions and adapt to the difficulties I have.

A speech and language therapist helped me to talk more clearly and find my words more easily. I also tried to learn some ways to help my memory, such as using my smart speaker.

Greater independence

I was in the main rehabilitation centre before moving into my own flat at the transitional living unit. This was challenging for me, but I got used to the new environment and had help within easy reach. I also had home leave in preparation for my discharge.

The Covid-19 pandemic made things tricky as I could not see friends and family as much. I often felt low because I thought I was missing out. But staff understood my feelings and helped to raise my morale.

How rehabilitation helped

I can do things with my hair again and do my make up. I am also working on my general fitness and health.

I am more confident in myself than when I first went to Daniel Yorath House. All the things I learned were really valuable to me. Now I will be working with community therapists at home to improve my fitness and get out into the community.”

To read other stories like Lydia’s about the impact of neurorehabilitation, please download our impact report.