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18 April 2024

Brain injury and homelessness

Steph Grant and Alistair Atherton spoke at the Unit's Homelessness series

The inside of someone's head showing the brain

Over 150 participants joined an HSCWRU Homelessness series webinar on The epidemic of brain injury in multiple exclusion homelessness groups led by Steph Grant and Alistair Atherton, founding members of the Head Injury and Homelessness Research Group.

They proposed that to meet the challenge of this epidemic, social care and health services must acknowledge the scale of the problem and transform their dominant narrative around brain injury. Steph, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor with firsthand experience of multiple exclusion, homelessness and co-morbidities, described his personal journey and the transformations that leave him a passionate academic and activist. Alistair is a neuropsychologist who accompanied Steph over the last 20 years, and presented the evidence base and reflections from a clinical perspective.

Participants shared their own experiences and reflections, and thanked Steph for sharing his story, and both speakers for an ‘Inspiring and thought provoking’ presentation: ‘a huge thank you and I will take this back to my nursing colleagues and colleagues in the hostels I work with’.

See: Steph and Alistair's slides.

Next time

The next webinar in this series will focus on Psychological approaches to working with people experiencing homelessness.

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Header image: from the presenters' slides

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Jess Harris

Research Fellow