To celebrate Aphasia Awareness Month this year, we've released a documentary all about aphasia.
Titled "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.
What is aphasia?
Aphasia is a communication problem that affects a stroke survivor's ability to speak, read, write, use numbers, deal with money, tell the time and understand language. It is a common problem – 40% of stroke survivors have aphasia soon after a stroke.
Aphasia affects stroke survivors in different ways. And it can cost them their independence, the ability to work and to communicate with their loved ones.
When the Words Away Went
Our new documentary film features stroke survivors Julie, Tom and Steve – who are all living with aphasia.
Julie is preparing to give a speech about aphasia at her local school. Tom is preparing his first art exhibition since taking up painting for the first time after his stroke. Steve is practising his wedding vows so he can confidently say "I will" to his fiancé Vicky.
Tom has said of his paintings:
At the beginning, my pictures were all dark colours. They were dark, gloomy pictures because that's where I thought I was. Everything was a deep well you have to get out of. Over time, it lightened up and changed.
This Aphasia Awareness Month, we're encouraging you to watch "When the Words Away Went" so you can understand and support those living with aphasia.
How can I help raise awareness of aphasia?
Visit and share our aphasia and communication pages: The best way to raise awareness of aphasia is to learn more about aphasia and other communication difficulties that are common after a stroke.
Raise awareness on social media: We've created a collection of images and facts you can download and use on your social media channels. You can also help by sharing our social media posts during Aphasia Awareness Month. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Fundraise: Want to get more involved? Explore our fundraising pages and find the activity that works best for you – all while raising awareness and donations for stroke survivors.