Recovering from and living with the after-effects of meningitis can be a huge source of stress and anxiety, creating untold pressures on finances, relationships and work.
“I suffer from mood swings and am less patient than I used to be. I’ve lost hearing in my right ear and suffer from pain in my hands.”
“I’m being very careful with my lifestyle now. I’m having physiotherapy, running again and watching what I eat and drink, but I still have awful headaches and have to take painkillers. I’ve even developed a white streak in my hair!”
Caring for a child or a partner through meningitis can have an equally devastating impact, but men typically are less likely to seek help and may not want to open up about their feelings.
According to the Men's Health Forum, men are three times more likely to commit suicide and not seek support for emotional and psychological problems, so it’s vitally important that men affected by meningitis in any way, know that we are here to support them.
We help people recovering from meningitis and their families in a variety of ways, such as counselling, play therapy and support for those who have lost loved ones, as well as providing financial support grants.