If you have a close relative who has recently sustained a spinal cord injury, it may not only be your immediate family who is affected by this traumatic event.
None of us can predict how we will react or cope during difficult and upsetting circumstances and SIA wishes to ensure that family members (including the extended family, relatives and friends) are aware that there is support available through SIA.
Please have a look below at the ways you can get support and information through SIA.
There are two ways you can contact other family members of spinal cord injured people, one is through the Family Matters forum on the SIA message board and the other is through the Relatives Link Scheme both services offer the opportunity to discuss your concerns or share advice with other family members of spinal cord injured people.
SIA produce a wide range of publications about spinal cord injury and the adjustments that may be necessary after an injury. These are available through the SIA shop and include a downloadable guide on the emotional impact of SCI on the family, Moving Forward 4 and forward magazine.
SIA House, in Milton Keynes, is also home to the SIA National Library on Spinal Cord Injury Search the online catalogue here.
If you want to chat to someone with a listening ear and find out information on any aspect of SCI, you are welcome to contact the Advice Line.
Here is a list of other useful resources to help support you and your family
Useful Sources (PDF)
Alternatively check out our Useful Links page for listings of contact details of organisations that can help with an SCI