A new study has looked into the benefits of forming or strengthening positive relationships after suffering a brain injury.
Headway, which published the research, said a brain injury can have an impact on every part of someone’s life, including their friends, family and close relationships.
But those that maintain close connections with partners and colleagues regain confidence and are able to rebuild their life quicker than those that become isolated.
The study looked at more than 1,000 people directly affected by brain injury and how the symptoms, including fatigue and personality change, can make or break a positive relationship.
It found that, following a brain injury, 69 per cent of survivors reported breakdowns in their friendships, while 28 per cent of survivors reported ending their relationship with a spouse.
This is despite more than a third (35 per cent) of brain injury survivors feeling that their relationship with their partner had strengthened.
Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway, said: “Relationships can be complex for all of us, but even more so if you are directly affected by brain injury.
“Tragically, many people lose important relationships following brain injury, often leading to isolation and loneliness.
“However, what is also clear from our findings is that friends and family have a huge role to play in helping people to regain confidence and improve life after brain injury.”