Family Matters

“I have always maintained that what happened was harder for my family and friends than it was for myself.” Sal, C4/5 complete

Sustaining a spinal cord injury is a life changing event that will have effects not just on the person concerned, but also on their family and friends. If you are close to someone who is spinal cord injured, you are likely to be experiencing any one of a multitude of emotions. You may find some of these emotions difficult to deal with on your own, or even feel that what you are experiencing is not how you should be feeling in these circumstances. SIA can help you feel less alone, providing the opportunity for you to talk to other family members or to hear how other people have been involved in rebuilding the life of a loved one after spinal cord injury.

Supporting friends and families

In collaboration with our members, we have developed a brand new leaflet for families and friends to give information, support and tips to the loved ones of spinal cord injured people. The leaflet is available from your local Peer Support Officer or you can request for one to be posted out to you by calling 01908 604191.

Talking spinal cord injury: the family perspective

Talking spinal cord injury: the family perspective is a 30 minute DVD in which four different family members openly share their experience of spinal cord injury and the impact it had on them.

Watch Chris Cairns experience of spinal cord injury. Chris’s brother Lee became spinal cord injured in a car accident in 2005.

The full version of this free DVD and a copy of the Supporting friends and family leaflet are available as part of the Family and Friends Information Pack, or can be ordered from our shop.

The Family and Friends Information Pack provides resources that will support and inform you as a friend or relative of someone who is spinal cord injured, including details regarding free membership of SIA.

The Family and Friends Information Pack is sponsored by Leigh Day and Co Solicitors

If you would like to receive a pack please email or call us 01908 604191

You may also be interested in these publications from Australia – just click on the images to download a copy.

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Dad had a spinal cord injury, and what happened nextTurner D and Wrigg S (illus)
NSW Department of Health: North Sydney; 2006, reprinted 2016.
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Talking to your children about spinal cord injury: a practical guide for families: Unger C, O’Reilly L, Serratore L, and Tulinsky C.
NSW State Spinal Cord Injury Service: Sydney; 2012.

Contact other family members of spinal cord injured people through the Family Matters forum of our Message board. The forum provides 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 our Resources section, and include a free downloadable fact sheet on the emotional impact of SCI on the family, our Moving Forward 18 booklet and forward magazine.

There are a range of different ways in which you can help us to continue to develop our services for spinal cord injured people. From challenging yourself to a Marathon to inviting friends over to share a fish and chip supper or simply signing up to and supporting us as you shop.