What is World Stroke Day? 

The purpose of World Stroke Day is to increase awareness and drive actions on stroke around the world.  

This World Stroke Day (Sunday 29 October 2023), we’re raising awareness that stroke can affect anyone, of any age, at any time. 

The effects on young adults 

Stroke simply shouldn’t be a key milestone in a young adult’s life. Yet, one in four strokes happen in people of working age and around 400 children have a stroke in the UK every year.   

We’ve released new research to mark this year’s World Stroke Day, which found that  

  • A quarter of young stroke survivors aged 18-60 (25%) feel their stroke has robbed them of their future.  
  • Over half of these young stroke survivors (56%) told the Stroke Association they had missed out on an important life goal because of their stroke, such as progressing their careers or starting new relationships.  

The Stroke Association is here to support people to rebuild their life after stroke and help survivors achieve their life goals, despite stroke’s devastating effects.  

Hannah, a stroke survivor, talking with someone over a cup of tea

World Stroke Day news story

Read our full press release highlighting the misconception that strokes don’t happen in younger adults, and the impact stroke has on young people’s lives.
Marwar, a stroke survivor, talking to a stroke support coordinator

Visit our young stroke web page

Hear from stroke survivors about the challenges they have faced after their stroke, and how they are overcoming them, while finding more about support we can provide.
Stroke association helpline worker wearing headset smiling

Finding support

One-to-one, peer-to-peer, in groups, on the phone or online: the Stroke Association provides support that covers every aspect of your recovery, so you are not just living to survive, but able to live life again.
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