A new handbook for teenagers living with brain injury, researched and written by former weekly newspaper journalist Maria Coyle of Hurst Green, has been recognised as an exceptional and powerful information source at the prestigious BMA Patient Information Awards .
Maria, Information Manager for the Tadworth based Children’s Trust for the past six years, spent six months on the Trust’s publication – Me And My Brain.
It gives advice and guidance on topics such as independence, bullying, driving and education. It also includes real life experiences of young people living with the condition and the book is recommended fort family members, teachers and carers, emphasising brain injury as a hidden disability.
Me And My Brain helps explain the lifelong condition and it provides tips and strategies on some of the challenges such as fatigue and memory loss.
The BMA Patient Information Awards encourage excellence in the production and dissemination of accessible, well-designed and clinically balanced patient information. This is something The Children’s Trust is also passionate about when producing information that will help young people and families affected by brain injury
The charity’s short film ‘From Me to You’ won the User Engagement Award, and Maria’s book was given the runner up spot in the Information for Young Adults Award, and shortlisted for the User Engagement Award. Judges noted that it was an ‘exceptional resource’ and that ‘the advice given is practical, sensible and non-judgemental.’
Maria said: “We listened to what teenagers had to say and the types of information they wanted after having a brain injury. They played a huge part in developing and shaping Me and My Brain, along with clinical experts at The Children’s Trust. We’ve had feedback from young people that the book has helped empower them in managing the effects of their brain injury and this is exactly what we were aiming for.”
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