International Epilepsy Day

The first ever International Epilepsy Day takes place on Monday, February 9th 2015, five days before the feast day of St Valentine, the Patron Saint of Epilepsy.

The Day is a joint initiative created by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (an umbrella group of lay epilepsy associations including Epilepsy Ireland) and the International League Against Epilepsy (the international organisation representing healthcare professionals).

International Epilepsy Day is a global event which aims to promote awareness on epilepsy right around the world, in more than 120 countries both at government level as well as among the general public. It aims to increase visibility of epilepsy and encourage discussion about it worldwide through educational and promotional activities.

Organisations across the globe are organising campaigns or events to highlight the condition. Epilepsy Ireland is running a series of TV, Radio and press ads highlighting epilepsy first aid, starring Ireland rugby head coach Joe Schmidt, whose son Luke has epilepsy. Keep an eye out in the national and local media for coverage as well or check out the IED events in your area. We will also launch a new smartphone app for recording seizures on #EpilepsyDay.

Go to the official International Epilepsy Day website

Find out more about what you can do to support International Epilepsy Day

Find out more about St Valentine and epilepsy.