MP highlights emotional impact for stroke survivors

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper
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Rosie Cooper MP for West Lancashire has joined forces with the Stroke Association to help raise awareness of the emotional impact of strokes.

There are 1.2 million stroke survivors living in the UK and someone has a stroke every five minutes.

Although a stroke happens in an instant, the effects can last a life time, and emotional issues such as depression, anxiety and a lack of confidence are common.

A report by the Stroke Association found that almost 80 per cent of stroke survivors said they had received no information or practical advice to help them cope with the emotional impact of stroke.

Ms Cooper has spoken to stroke survivors and carers about their experiences, and found out more about the free resources available to survivors.

She said: “I have had personal experience with my father who has had several strokes of how they can have a major emotional as well as physical impact on people. As his carer I know the demand care for a stroke survivor can have on a family.

“I want people in West Lancashire who are struggling emotionally after stroke to know that they are not alone and that information and support is available. I would encourage stroke survivors, carers and family members to call the Stroke Association’s helpline or visit their website to find out what support is available.”