International Epilepsy Day 2020

We are less that one month away from International Epilepsy Day 2020!!

Our aim for International Epilepsy Day 2020 is to shine a light on the fact that Epilepsy is an individual condition and can affect people in different ways. For example, the general public perception of epilepsy would be that there is only one type of seizure but as we and many of our followers know, there are a number of types of seizures that can present in different ways and this can be unfortunately misinterpreted at times by the public.

So how can you help with International Epilepsy Day 2020, now that we’re one month out?

In advance of International Epilepsy Day and on the day itself, through the hashtags #EpilepsyDay & #Epilepsyandme, we want you to tell your story on social media and how the condition affects you, how your seizures present themselves as well as anything else that you as a person with epilepsy, a family member of a person with epilepsy or a carer of a person with epilepsy feel the public need to know about the condition.

Another step is relatively simple - why not change your cover photo or profile picture on Social Media to the International Epilepsy Day Logo’s to share the date with your friends and family? This simple step can get your friends simply interested in the condition we all have a connection with and get them asking the questions we want them to ask – What is Epilepsy? How does it affect people? What do I do if someone has a seizure? So in advance of #EpilepsyDay, why not change your social media covers to the International Epilepsy Day logos and share your connection with epilepsy through the hashtag #epilepsyandme.

On #EpilepsyDay, there is always a specific interest from the media in the condition and ideally, they always want to speak to people living with the condition themselves or parents/carers that are supporting a loved living with the condition. If you are confident to speak about your epilepsy or association with the condition, it would be great if you could consider becoming a media volunteer by getting in touch with either Paddy, our Communications Officer on pmcgeoghegan@epilepsy.ie or Luke, our Communications & Fundraising assistant on lmeany@epilepsy.ie. Don’t worry – you won’t be asked to do anything you’re not comfortable with – we’ll not be asking you to go on the 6.1 news to discuss the ins and outs of the latest epilepsy research…unless you want to J

Finally, one last way you can help in advance of International Epilepsy Day 2020 is by inviting your friends to like & follow our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

Through this they can become familiar with our services, learn more about epilepsy and how to get involved with our work which will help us continue our work towards a society where no person’s life is limited by epilepsy.

Thank you for your continued support and together, we can achieve a society where no person's life is limited by epilepsy.

#EpilepsyDay #Epilepsyandme