Stammering affects more than 70 million people in the world, over 3 million in the US and 720,000 in the UK. It’s a sad fact that King George VI was the last really high profile stammerer in the UK, and he died in 1952. So it has been good to have him back again for a few weeks, even if only in our cinemas.
The film has drawn attention to stammering, but has probably done little to increase understanding of a condition which affects 65 million people around the world and 720,000 children and adults in the UK. For example, few people know that the root cause is a neurological condition – many think it is our own fault or an outward sign of nervousness, a weak character or a lack of intelligence.
Early Intervention could reduce the numbers substantially but support from the NHS is inadequate.
Stammering is still treated by many as a joke whilst, at the same time, massive improvements have been made in supporting many people with disabilities.
It is very difficult for us to stand up and change these inequalities, but we need to try.
If you want to know more about the national appeal for change, or to make a donation, please go to
If you want to talk about helping in some other way, please send a message to speakingout2’s channel or contact Leys Geddes, as explained in the video.
If you are in the UK, and want help with your speech, please ring the British Stammering Association helpline on 0845 603 2001 or visit www.stammering.org
The BSA is the national charity and is run by people who stammer, for the benefit of all those whose lives are affected by stammering.