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Michael Fassbender supports new campaign to raise awareness on behalf of 800,000 Irish people with neurological conditions
To mark the start of National Brain Awareness Week March 11th to 17th, the Neurological Alliance of Ireland is today launching a new awareness campaign, Love Your Brain, featuring Irish actor Michael Fassbender. The campaign aims to promote awareness of the brain and brain conditions as well as the need for more investment in services, research and prevention.
Michael Fassbender has developed an online video to support the Love Your Brain campaign, the video will be launched today 11th March to mark the start of Brain Awareness Week.
Today’s launch will also see the publication of new research carried out by the Neurological Alliance into the challenges faced by Irish people living with neurological conditions.
The report by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland describes a “cascade of challenges” from long waiting times to get a diagnosis, struggling to access ongoing care and dealing with the impact of their condition on work, financial wellbeing and family relationships.
Comparing the findings to previous research carried out in 2011, and 2014, the Neurological Alliance are concerned that there has been little change in the percentage of patients reporting they cannot access basic services. In the case of physiotherapy, this percentage has actually doubled, from 9% in 2011 to 18% in 2018.
Speaking today at the launch event for National Brain Awareness Week, NAI Executive Director Mags Rogers said “For thousands of individuals and their families, a life changing diagnosis is also the start of a long struggle to get care that is taken for granted in every other developed country. We’ve seen no commitment from this Government to invest properly in neurology and neurorehabilitation services”.
For more information on National Brain Awareness Week and details of events taking place nationwide visit www.loveyourbrain.ie
Notes for the Editor
The Love your Brain campaign is supported by over twenty patient organisations and research groups throughout Ireland. For more information visit www.loveyourbrain.ie
Press contact: Mags Rogers Neurological Alliance of Ireland 086 1216957
A spokesperson is available to talk about the research findings on the morning of March 11th before the launch event.
The Launch of the NAI research report will take place in RCSI Dublin from 9.30am on Monday 11th March. This event is not open to the public but press are welcome to attend.
Summary Infographic of research findings is available at https://bit.ly/2VELfUt
Full research report at https://bit.ly/2H2QYjP
Facts and figures on neurological conditions in Ireland available at https://bit.ly/2H2ARCZ
Neurological conditions affect the brain and spinal cord and include common conditions such as stroke, epilepsy, acquired brain injury, MS and Parkinson’s disease as well as rare and genetic conditions. The Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI) is the national umbrella for neurological charities in Ireland. For more information on the work of the NAI, visit www.nai.ie. The work of the NAI is supported by Pobal.