Stroke touches people of all ages and from all walks of life.
It strikes the brain and its impact can be devastating and life changing, not only for the individual but for those who love them most.
While time-critical treatments have improved stroke outcomes significantly in recent years, there is no doubt recovering from stroke can be a long and challenging process.
For some people this means learning how to talk and walk again, while others experience hidden disabilities and mental struggles.
Fatigue, anxiety, sensory issues and depression can challenge stroke survivors. The adjustment to life after stroke can also be tough for families and carers.
With more than 56,000 strokes in Australia each year, I wanted to remind anyone struggling after stroke there is help available.
StrokeLine is a free telephone service, staffed by health professionals, who provide information on stroke prevention, treatment and recovery.
The team provides confidential advice and can find the support and services you need, whether you are a stroke survivor, carer or family member.
You do not have to go through this alone.
Please call StrokeLine on 1800 787 653 if you need to talk about how stroke is impacting your life and want some guidance on managing your health and living well.
StrokeLine operates Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Eastern Standard Time.
For crisis support, Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week 13 11 14.
And please don’t hesitate to call triple zero (000) if you think someone is having a stroke and needs help straight away. After a stroke, every minute counts. The best outcomes are achieved when treatment is received quickly.
Sharon McGowan, Stroke Foundation Chief Executive Officer