The following information has been put together by the NSIC Clinical Psychology team and is based on many years’ experience working alongside people with spinal cord injuries and their families.
It is also drawn from research aiming to better understand what it is like to live with spinal cord injury, as well as general evidence about enhancing emotional health and wellbeing.
If you only remember one thing from this information, it should be that there is no ‘correct’ way to respond to a spinal cord injury.
Whatever you are feeling is likely to be a normal and natural part of the adjustment process.
People who sustain spinal cord injuries describe feeling a wide range of emotions.
These can include:
For some people, arrival at the NSIC can underline the impact of their spinal cord injury.
“I wish I’d known I could ask to be referred sooner. It helped so much to be able to talk about the way I was feeling”. Patient – Donald
If you or your family would like to talk to either a clinical psychologist or family counsellor, you can ask any member of staff to contact our office, or come and speak with us yourself.
We are based upstairs in the NSIC, in the corridor just before St Andrew Ward.
Friends and family may also be experiencing significant challenges, and that is why we have a dedicated family counsellor as part of our team.
The following leaflets can all be found on racks on each of the wards, or obtained direct from the administration office in the Department of Clinical Psychology: