International Epilepsy Day 2021 is just around the corner. It comes around every year on the 2nd Monday in February. International Epilepsy Day is a chance to raise extra awareness about epilepsy, the treatments and research needed and the struggles faced day-in-day-out by people with epilepsy.
Like any other awareness day, especially with all the madness of Coronavirus going on, International Epilepsy Day is easily forgotten. With social distancing measures in place, it’s pretty hard to support any awareness-raising in person anyway. Which is exactly why you’ll find 3 quick, easy and free ways to support International Epilepsy Day 2021.
Why do we need International Epilepsy Day?
In the UK there’s 600,000 people with a known diagnosis of epilepsy and around 60 million people with a diagnosis worldwide. Unsurprisingly epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions worldwide yet there seems to be little awareness about it.
Absolutely anyone can have an epileptic seizure and you can develop epilepsy at any point in your life. For some people, the cause is known, but for 65% of people with epilepsy, myself included, the cause is unknown.
We need International Epilepsy Day because seizure first aid should be common knowledge – it can be lifesaving. Stigmas need to be erased and research needs funding because epilepsy can change your life in an instant. Epilepsy Research UK illustrate this perfectly with their #ALifeInterrupted campaign;
3 last minute ways to support International Epilepsy Day 2021
Get involved with #EpilepsyDay
Every year the International Epilepsy Day team aims to get #EpilepsyDay trending on as many social media platforms as possible. The power of social media is incredible so by jumping on #EpilepsyDay, sharing a post or sharing your own epilepsy journey, or your experience supporting a loved one will make a huge difference.
If you aren’t too sure what to share or want a template, I’ve created a few graphics below that you can use. Remember to tag @thehappysista on Instagram!
Talk and ask questions about epilespsy
Talking and asking questions about epilepsy goes for both people with and without seizures.
If you have epilepsy and you feel up to it, why not share your own story with epilepsy and seizures. People will be curious and want to learn more which will raise more awareness too. Trust me when I say that sharing your epilepsy journey is liberating. Don’t get me wrong it can still be scary but taking that leap of faith is worth it. Plus your bravery might inspire others to do the same. If you want some support sharing your epilepsy journey, feel free to contact me.
If you don’t have epilepsy, ask questions about what you want to learn more about. There’s so much more to epilepsy than just seizures, it impacts every single aspect in your life. Types of seizures and severity vary too. Each person has an individual experience with epilepsy. No story is the same as the other.
Here’s some questions you might want to ask someone with epilepsy who is open to answering them:
- How do seizures impact your daily life?
- What medication do you take and how do you deal with the side effects?
- Do you feel there’s a stigma?
- Is there certain things I shouldn’t say to someone with epilepsy that might make them feel uncomfortable?
- How can I help if I see someone have a seizure?
- What type of seizures do you have?
If you don’t know anyone who can answer these questions, drop me a message on Instagram on the @thehappysista account – I’ll answer them on International Epilepsy Day on my story.
Support an epilepsy charity
If you want to support quietly, you could support an epilepsy charity too. You can support these charities by volunteering your time, following and sharing their content on social media or by making a small donation.
If you haven’t heard of any epilepsy charities, take a look at these ones:
Your support is invaluable
Epilepsy is an invisible illness with little awareness and funding for research so every single bit of support goes a long way. International Epilepsy Day comes around the 2nd Monday of February every year, and by showing your support, you’re helping to make life for people with epilepsy much better – thank you.
Until next time,