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Life and Suicide Following Brain Injury

A Personal and Professional Account, 1st Edition

By Alyson Norman


192 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Life and Suicide Following Brain Injury tells the story of Tom, a 43 year-old man who acquired a brain injury from a road traffic accident at the age of 22. Tom survived but went on to take his own life 20 years later. As a vulnerable adult with mental health issues and long-term difficulties with substance misuse, this book tells Tom's story from his early childhood through to his death.

In telling Tom's story, the author- a researcher in brain injury and Tom's sister- identifies the multiple suicide risk factors as well as the lack of understanding and inadequate service provision for people with complex needs following TBI. His story serves as a harrowing example of what can go wrong when timely intervention and support is not forthcoming, identifying a multitude of risk factors and possible points of intervention to improve care in the future.

This book provides insight to professionals and academics across health and social care in the risks of suicide associated with TBI. It also provides support for those who have experienced the grief of losing a survivor to suicide, or those struggling to support a survivor who is suicidal.


"This is a moving tribute to a brother's struggle with TBI; a harrowing account of the inadequacies of the service systems to provide the needed support; told through the eyes of a loving sister who is also a psychologist. It makes the book unique." - Professor Grahame Simpson, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research Group, Ingham Institute, Australia.

"This is a sad story and one that should never have needed to be told. I applaud the author for showing real bravery and writing an honest and frank account of the events which ultimately lead to tragedy." - Hilary Dicks, Former CEO of Headway Somerset, UK.

"This book is essential for those in contact with people with brain injuries to help them develop insight into the complexity of this hidden disability. While not for the faint hearted, family members may find this book helpful to make sense of their own story, and trauma and loss they have experienced following brain injury." - Charlotte Whiffin, Senior Lecturer, Debry University, UK.

"This book is a truly candid portrayal of life after brain injury, narrated with both personal and professional accounts. Highlighted is the stark reality and consequences individuals and their relatives face when services are not integrated and responsive." - Freya Suffield, Hospital Liaison Officer.

"This book is an important addition to the range of ABI literature. It offers a unique rounded perspective - combining the immediate personal story of one man with ABI with the wider context of his family story alongside a professional analysis and perspective. It will be a vital source for families and professionals alike." - Liz Simmons, CEO Headway Somerset, UK.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: An introduction to traumatic brain injury and suicidality

Chapter 2: Growing up as with brain injury

Chapter 3: Reflections on a life-changing accident

Chapter 4: Post-Injury Rehabilitation and Discharge

Chapter 5: The long-term impact of brain Injury

Chapter 6: A personal account of Suicide following brain injury

Chapter 7: the impact of suicide following traumatic brain injury

Chapter 8: Final reflection on suicidality after brain injury


About the Author

Dr Alyson Norman is a researcher in clinical psychology at the University of Plymouth in the School of Psychology. Alyson has over 10 years’ experience of research in brain injuries and has personal experience as a family survivor of brain injury.

About the Series

After Brain Injury: Survivor Stories

After Brain Injury: Survivor Stories was launched in 2014 to meet the need for a series of books aimed at those who have suffered a brain injury, their families and carers, and professionals who are involved in neuropsychological rehabilitation. Brain disorders can be life-changing events with far-reaching consequences. However, in the current climate of cuts in funding and service provision for neuropsychological rehabilitation, there is a risk that people whose lives have been transformed by brain injury are left feeling isolated with little support.

Because so many of the books on brain injury are written for academics and clinicians they can for the most part be filled with technical and academic language which may be of little help to those directly affected. Instead, this series offers a much-needed personal insight into the experience, as each book is written, in the main, by a survivor or group of survivors, who are living with the very real consequences of brain injury. Each book focuses on a different condition, such as face blindness, amnesia and neglect, or diagnoses, such as encephalitis and locked-in syndrome, resulting from brain injury. Readers will learn about life before the brain injury, early days of diagnosis, the effects of the brain injury, the process of rehabilitation, and life as it is now lived.

Alongside a personal perspective, professional commentary is also provided by a specialist in neuropsychological rehabilitation. The historical context, neurological analyses, data on the condition, treatment, outcome and follow-up, will appeal to professionals working in rehabilitation including psychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, social workers and rehabilitation doctors. Books in this series will also be of interest to students of clinical psychology, neuropsychology and related courses who value a case study approach as a complement to the more academic books on brain injury.

With this series, we also hope to help expand awareness of brain injury and its consequences. The World Health Organisation has recently acknowledged the need to raise the profile of mental health issues (with the WHO Mental Health Action Plan 2013-20) and we believe there needs to be a similar focus on psychological, neurological and behavioural consequences of brain disorder, and a deeper understanding of the role of rehabilitation in making the lives of brain injured people more tolerable. Giving a voice to survivors of brain injury is a step in the right direction.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology