Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign to increase awareness of progress in brain research, as well as progress in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of brain conditions.
The Brain & Spine Foundation, together with the Neurological Alliance, is using Brain Awareness Week 2018 to raise awareness of neurological disorders, and the rising death toll associated with these conditions.
Join our online campaign
We have launched a Thunderclap campaign to send out a unified message on social media on Friday 16 March, 11am. Please sign up to send this message out with your social media accounts. We need at least 100 supporters by Friday!
For more resources to join the campaign, please see download the media kit below.
About neurological conditions
Neurological conditions are disorders of the brain, spinal cord or nerves. They can have a range of causes including genetic factors, traumatic injury and infection. The causes of some of these conditions are still not well understood.
There are a large number of neurological conditions. Some are very common, such as dementia, stroke, epilepsy, and migraine. Others are comparatively rare, such as ataxia, Guillain-Barré syndrome, or myasthenia gravis. In between is a wide range of conditions including traumatic brain injury, Tourette’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.
Neurological deaths are increasing
A new report by Public Health England on deaths associated with neurological conditions has revealed a shocking increase in mortality rates. More people than ever are dying from a neurological condition in England:
- 39% increase in neurological deaths in England from 2001-2014, compared to a 6% decrease in all-cause deaths
- 13% increase in neurological deaths after accounting for population changes, compared to a 18% decrease in all-cause deaths
- The report also revealed a disturbing illustration of health inequalities: deaths from epilepsy in the most deprived areas are nearly three-times more likely than in the least deprived areas
- The rising death rate may reflect a number of factors. We believe it is partly due to the lack of prioritisation of neurological conditions in the NHS
Our calls for improvement
The Neurological Alliance and partner organisations are calling for neurology to be prioritised throughout the NHS. We want:
- Better inclusion of neurology in national accountability and incentive frameworks (such as the NHS Mandate)
- Better collection and availability of data with which to understand variation and measure progress
- Greater commissioner engagement at regional and local level
- Better training and support for non-neurological specialists
For more information, please visit http://www.neural.org.uk/.