Stroke Awareness Month took place in May 2023.

To support Stroke Awareness Month, we invited you to get involved in our spring campaign "Let's talk aphasia" in May 2023.

As part of the campaign, and to celebrate Aphasia Awareness Month in June 2023, 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 film now.


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

Kelly's story

Portrait image of stroke survivor Kelly smiling at camera

In 2017, Kelly had two strokes. They left her with aphasia - a condition that impacts speech and language.

Five years on, Kelly has made huge progress. She still mixes up pronouns and words, and struggles with some processing. But with determination and support from her partner, friends and family, Kelly is learning to live life well with aphasia.

After my strokes, my speech and language wasn't functional. I felt like a child again. I couldn't do things like speak with the bank. On the phone, they would ask for my name, address and phone number but I couldn't say it. It makes you feel real anxiety.


Read Kelly's story in Stroke News

Raise awareness on social media

We would love for you to join us on social media throughout May and 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 Stroke Awareness Month 2023 - we've got lots of exciting stories and content coming!

Twitter: @TheStrokeAssoc(link is external)
Instagram: @thestrokeassociatio(link is external)
TikTok: @thestrokeassociation(link is external)
LinkedIn: Stroke Association(link is external)
Facebook: Stroke Association(link is external)

Get involved in Stroke Awareness Month 2023

Fundraising for Stroke Association

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

Join or start a fundraising opportunity

Whatever fundraising opportunity you pick, show your support with our fundraising merchandise(link is external).

Weekly lottery and raffle

Every time you play our Weekly Lottery and seasonal raffles, you're helping rebuild people's lives after stroke. Celebrate Stroke Awareness Month and get your ticket today.

Play our lottery or Spring raffle

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.

Raise awareness or donate in memory

Donate to the Stroke Association

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.

Make a donation

What has happened to Make May Purple?

In previous years, we've marked Stroke Awareness Month with our Make May Purple campaign. Since May 2021, we've focused on raising awareness of issues related to stroke research and recovery.