Join our campaign to challenge stigma and improve public perceptions of epilepsy.
How we’re challenging stigma
Research we carried out into public understanding of epilepsy has shown a disappointing lack of awareness. (Read the epilepsy awareness survey results (pdf, 210kb).) We have pledged to tackle public awareness of epilepsy head on. Here are just a few of the ways we are working to challenge stigma about epilepsy:
- Our stigma 'summit' in November 2013 brought together leaders in the world of epilepsy to discuss ways to tackle stigma. Watch videos from the stigma summit
- As part of National Epilepsy Week we produced 'the many faces of epilepsy’ showing that epilepsy can affect people of all ages and backgrounds
- We advised Coronation Street about an ongoing storyline which is bringing epilepsy into millions of living rooms
- Our schools awareness programme teaches hundreds of children each year about epilepsy and how to act when someone has a seizure
- Together with our stigma champions we have made a series of inspiring videos, in which our stigma champions share how epilepsy has affected them and how they've overcome challenges
Help challenge stigma
- Share our stigma champion videos with your friends
- Join us on Facebook where you can show your support for the campaign
- Share experiences on Twitter using the hashtag #StopEpilepsyStigma
- Encourage your friends, family and colleagues to download our free smartphone app. It contains first aid tips and information about epilepsy.
- Invite our schools awareness programme to your school.
- Know your rights – our epilepsy charter states that you have a right to be treated with dignity and respect and to not be discriminated against
- Share your story. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us your experiences
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