BRAIN injury could affect almost half of homeless people and may contribute to the risk of people becoming homeless in the first place, says a study by The Disabilities Trust.
The charity’s chief executive, Barrie Oldham, said: “An estimated 100,000 people in the UK live with long term disabilities as the result of brain injury – a “silent epidemic”.
“This groundbreaking research is the first step towards a better understanding of the possible link between homelessness and brain injury.”
The research reflects the findings of a 2008 study of homeless people in Toronto, Canada, which found that 53% had sustained a brain injury. www.thedtgroup.org