Brain and spine injury helplines

Use our helplines to find out more information and advice about brain and spinal injuries

NHS Choices


Severe head injury


Adjusting to disability

Find everything you need to know about Head Injury and adjusting to disability, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, with links to other useful resources.

ICU Steps

For many people involvement with intensive care is a daunting experience. For some it's part of the care plan after major surgery but for many others it's a sudden and unexpected event. Knowing what might lie ahead and also that you're not alone in what you're going through can be a great help for both patients and relatives.


Helpline: 0808 800 2244

Coma and reduced awareness

UK wide Charity offering a wide range of services, including rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social re-integration, community outreach and respite care for sufferers of all forms of brain injury.

The Brain and Spine Foundation

Helpline: 0808 808 1000

The Brain and Spine Helpline is staffed by neuroscience nurses and other health professionals. It covers all neurological conditions, from the fairly common to the very rare, and can offer information and support on any medical or related social and emotional issues of concern. The service answers queries by telephone, letter or email as well as providing an opportunity for people to share their experiences of having a neurological condition on the discussion forum.

Spinal Injuries Association

Freephone Advice Line: 0800 980 0501

The Spinal Injuries Association is a user-led, national charity , providing support and information for the spinal cord injured community.

Back Up

Tel: 020 8875 1805

We understand that a spinal cord injury can bedevastating, but we believe it shouldn't prevent anyone getting the most out oflife. Our services include mentoring, wheelchair skills training andactivity courses as well as support in getting back to work or school after aninjury. All our services help tobuild confidence and independence and provide a supportive network of peoplewho understand. We can help you get your life back and achieve your goals – whetherthese are about family, work, lifestyle, social life, travel, or simply to feelpositive about the future.

Spinal Cord Injuries Network

Spinal Cord Injury Network is one of the most comprehensive spinal cord injury website resources around. Find outeverything you need to know about spinal cord injuries and paralysis all in oneeasy to access site. Listed below is a quick guide tospinal cord injury, everything is explained in much more detailinside the spinal cord injury network site.

BASIC (Brain & Spine Injury Council)

National Helpline: 0870 750 0000

Offers emotional, practical and physical support to brain injury survivors and their families.

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Tel: 020 8420 6707

Through its projects and programmes,Aspire offers practical support to the 40,000 people living with a spinal cordinjury in the UK so that they can lead fulfilled and independent lives in theirhomes, with their families, in work places and in leisure time.

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury byfunding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for peopleliving with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.


NSIF believes passionately that spinal injury can become a treatablecondition. We know we have a long way to go, but the work we are funding hasalready made a significant breakthrough that could potentially lead to atreatment for spinal injury.

Disabled Living Foundation

We are the UK’s leading source of impartial information and expert advice on independent living. A national charity, we have built up over 40 years an unparalleled range of information on daily living equipment and other useful advice for people who might need some help in living their live to the full.

Disability Rights UK

We are disabled people leading change, working to create a society where everyone with lived experience of disability or health conditions can participate equally as full citizens. We strengthen the voice of disabled people to make our rights real, as an effective national organisation led by people with a wide range of impairments or health conditions.

Carers Trust

Information: 0844 800 8527 and

Carers Trust is the largest provider of comprehensive carers support services in the UK.

Carers UK

Helpline: 0808 808 7777

Carers UK provides information and advice to people who provide unpaid support to their relatives, partners or friends who are chronically ill, disabled or frail.


Helpline: 0856 450 6555

Crossroads service is about giving time - improving the lives of carers by giving them time to be themselves and have a break from their caring responsibilities.