Aphasia Awareness Month takes place in June 2023

To support Aphasia Awareness Month, we released a documentary film on 26 May: When the Words Away Went. The film follows a group of stroke survivors with aphasia as they embark on a journey to find their voice and rebuild their lives.

Watch the trailer


Did you know that 40% of stroke survivors have aphasia soon after a stroke?

You’re not alone. Many people don’t even know what aphasia is.

Aphasia is a communication problem that affects a stroke survivor's ability to speak and understand what others say. Aphasia can cost stroke survivors their independence, the ability to work and to communicate with their loved ones.

Find out more about aphasia and stroke

Julie's story

Julie standing outside

Julie, 36, from Tyne and Wear, had her second stroke in 2015, which took her ability to speak.

Despite not being able to speak for months; hard work and intensive speech and language therapy has meant that Julie's speech has returned. Starting with being able to say yes and no, Julie was then able to say her children's names and her speech has continued to improve.

In general I get frustrated with not being able to find my words even when I know what I want to say. My spelling and writing is also affected. I go to shops and they rush you, the buses are the same. I've even been told when I get on buses that I've been drinking. They don't realise some people like me need more time, we look normal but that doesn't mean we don't have any underlying health conditions.

- Julie, stroke survivor

Free Communication Support Pack

Our new Communication Support Pack is full of essential accessible information and communication tools to help support people with communication difficulties at home and in the community.

Raise awareness on social media

We would love for you to join us on social media throughout June, using the hashtag #LetsTalkAphasia with a link to our aphasia webpage. We've created images you can download for free to share on all social media.

Download images for social media

Be sure to tag us and share our content throughout Aphasia Awareness Month 2023 – we’ve got lots of exciting stories and content coming!

Twitter: @TheStrokeAssoc
Instagram: @thestrokeassociation
TikTok: @thestrokeassociation
LinkedIn: Stroke Association
Facebook: Stroke Association

Get involved in Aphasia Awareness Month 2023

We rely on your support to help stroke survivors. Find out how you can help us rebuild lives after stroke:

Fundraising: get involved with Aphasia Awareness Month by signing up to an organised event in person. Or join #TeamStroke and take on one of our national fundraising challenges.

Weekly lottery and raffle: every time you play our Weekly Lottery and seasonal raffles, you're helping rebuild people's lives after stroke. Celebrate Aphasia Awareness Month and get your ticket today.

Remember someone special: paying tribute to a family member, friend or colleague can be a meaningful way to keep special memories alive. Find out how you can set up an online tribute page, make a single donation, or fundraise in a loved one's honour.

Donate: we are the UK’s largest charity dedicated to improving the lives of stroke survivors and their families. We want to reach every stroke survivor, and help them receive emotional, practical and financial support.