A person with a brain injury answers your questions

Content warning: This video discusses mental health.

Nina Duggan suffered a traumatic brain injury after she slipped off a rope swing two years ago. She spent three weeks in an induced coma and had to learn how to walk, talk and eat again.

“Even though I do have a brain injury, I'm still really hard on myself. The comparison to people my age seeing them all move on and do adult things does leave me feeling behind. It doesn't make me feel good about myself at all.”

Re: News journalist Zoe Madden-Smith sat down with Nina to talk about what it is like to live with a brain injury and how there needs to be more awareness for this invisible disability. 

This video is part of our series ‘Answering Your Questions’. If you have an experience you want to share on camera, email zoe@renews.co.nz.

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Content warning: The video below discusses mental health.

Where to get help:

  • 1737: The nationwide, 24/7 mental health support line. Call or text 1737 to speak to a trained counsellor.
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