If you have a close relative who has recently sustained a spinal cord injury, it is often not only the immediate family who are affected by the traumatic event.
No one can predict how they will react to, or cope with, the difficult and upsetting circumstances surrounding the injury. SIA works to help ensure that family members (including the extended family, relatives and friends) are aware that there is support available.
Listed below are some of the ways you can get support and information through SIA.
- Their excellent DVD Talking Spinal Cord Injury: The Family Perspective is available to order from the SIA online shop.
- Contact other family members of spinal cord injured people either through the Family Matters Forum on the SIA message board or through the Relatives Link Scheme. Both services offer the opportunity to discuss your concerns or share advice with other family members of those with spinal cord injuries.
- You will find a wide range of publications about spinal cord injury at the SIA shop. These include a downloadable guide on the emotional impact of SCI on the family, Moving Forward 4 and Forward magazine.
- Search the SIA’s fabulous National Library on Spinal Cord Injury here.
- Call SIA’s brilliant advice line on 0800 980 0501 if you need to talk to someone with a listening ear or to find out information on any aspect of Spinal Cord Injury.
There are additional resources to help support you and your family including contact details of organisations that can help with an SCI on SIA’s Useful Links page. Please click here for further information.