Have you talked to your family about organ donation?

A reluctance to talk about organ donation is contributing to a deadly shortage of organs, leaving families to make a difficult decision when someone they love dies.

If you want to be a donor, your family’s support is still needed for organ donation to go ahead. Talking about your wish to donate your organs now makes it easier for your family to support your decision and for you to support theirs.

You could help someone waiting for that vital call, by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register and by talking about it with your family.

Jo Adamou, whose daughter Cissy has had a heart and a kidney transplant said: “You don’t realise the impact of having a child or anyone you love waiting for a transplant can have on you and the difference an organ donation can make. It’s incredible that people donate, words cannot describe how grateful you feel.”

Only one in every 100 people will die in circumstances where they could donate, so every donor is precious.

There are a number of ways in which you can help

  • Talk about organ donation with your family. Do you know their donation decision?
  • Learn more about organ donation. Find out what it’s like to wait for a transplant, the impact transplants have, and how families of donors feel.
  • Don’t let yourself be swayed by misinformation! There are many myths about organ donation, watch this myth busting video to find out the truth.
  • Like, retweet and favourite these videos, or share them yourselves to help to spread the message. You will find more links on Twitter @NHSOrganDonor
  • If you are on the NHS Organ Donor Register already make sure you share this with those closest to you so they know to support your decision

Three people die every day waiting for a transplant. Ask yourself, if you could save someone’s life when you die, would you?