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Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day 2021- Friday 21 May

On Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day 2021 we are reflecting on the past year, when we experienced a pandemic, and our world was changed irrevocably.

We run this annual event together with our charity partners Aspire, Back Up and Spinal Research to raise awareness of spinal cord injury and highlight the challenges SCI people face on a daily basis.

We know that spinal cord injury is devastating for every person and in a split second, you can lose your independence, your freedom and perhaps your reason for staying alive.

With mental health challenges hitting an all-new high for every person in society, we look at how spinal cord injured people and their families have dealt with the past year, managed their mental health and coped with the continued isolation the pandemic has controlled.

For spinal cord injured people, isolation is a part of everyday life, even outside the confines of coronavirus. Life doesn’t suddenly go back to normal for spinal cord injured people. Barriers with accessibility, lack of access to care and general stigma around being disabled have a profound impact on quality of life.

The impact of the lockdown is what SCI people face every day, and this can manifest itself as feelings of isolation and frustration at being ignored and even mental health problems. We, as charities, will be doing everything we can to support our members and help overcome the daily challenges disabled people face.

A sense of community has shown to be even more important during this unprecedented time of lockdown and it’s the virtual classes, meet ups and even concerts which have held so many of you together.

We started our virtual cafes over a year ago and have been overwhelmed with the response, with hundreds of you joining over the past year, listening to topics on mental health, gaming, gardening, ageing and much more.

As we come out of this pandemic, we’ll be continuing with these cafes to ensure you all have access to a community within Spinal Injuries Association.

We hope you have a great day celebrating Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day 2021.