National charity the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) features in a
brand new Louis Theroux documentary for BBC Two about brain injury, which is set
to show how people and their families come to terms with this life-changing
‘A Different Brain’ is scheduled to be broadcast on Sunday 15th May 2016 at 9pm
on BBC Two and will be available on BBC iPlayer afterwards.
Often called a ‘hidden disability’ because those affected can sometimes show few
physical signs of change, people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) 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 changes in personality and behaviour, often under the
shadow of who they once were. Family members are caught between grieving for the
loved one they’ve lost and learning to love the person they are now.
Two of BIRT’s centres are in the film, Redford Court in Liverpool, and Daniel
Yorath House in Leeds. A lady who underwent rehabilitation at The Woodmill,
BIRT’s centre at Cullompton, Devon, also tells her story.
The documentary gives a snapshot of the months of background work that goes into
the rehabilitation process by a range of expert staff and specialists including
clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, support workers, speech and
language therapists and many others.
Sarah Clifford from BIRT said: “Louis and the team were incredibly sensitive to
the changes in behaviour as well as the memory and communication problems that
the men and women at our centres can experience as a result of their injuries.”
“We are hoping that ‘A Different Brain’ will increase public awareness and
understanding about life after brain injury. We are offering free copies of our
‘Guide to Living – for adults with brain injury’, providing practical support
through BIRT’s 25 years of experience.”
Copies of the Guide will be available via www.birt.co.uk/louistheroux *(Please
note that this page will be accessible only from the time of broadcast onwards)