An acquired brain injury (ABI) can cause sudden and lasting changes in a person’s thinking, how they react to certain situations, their work and how they relate to others. Brain injury can lead to an increase in stress, as well as difficulty in managing emotions and relationships. At the same time, brain injury adversely affects a person’s ability to deal with these challenges.
People might appear the same but nevertheless feel a disturbing sense of change within. Brain injury can cause people to be more impulsive and have trouble considering other perspectives. This can lead to feelings of isolation and helplessness without appropriate support.
These are among the factors that cause depression and increase the risk of suicide among people with brain injury. Without support, a person in this situation might see suicide as an answer to seemingly unsolvable problems, such as enduring emotional distress or disability, which the person may fear more than death.