Epilepsy Awareness Month - November
November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, and we need your help! There are many actions you can take to spread important and accurate messages about epilepsy throughout Michigan.
Here are some ideas:
- Join the National Epilepsy Foundation Campaign
The Epilepsy Foundation has launched a new #AimForZero campaign: #AimForZero: Striving for a Future Free from Sudden Unexpected Death from Epilepsy
- Share a link about epilepsy with someone you know
Whether it's through Facebook, Twitter, or email, sharing a link about epilepsy can go a long way toward raising awareness. There are so many great stories, videos, and educational tools on our website, our Facebook page, and epilepsy.com. Find something that's meaningful to you, and share it with others (you can go back to sharing adorable cat videos next month).
- Honor someone you love
November is a great opportunity to honor and/or remember someone you know who is touched by epilepsy by making a gift in their honor. Click here to make your honor gift, and help to continue to fund the vital mission of the Foundation!
- Spread Seizure First Aid Awareness
Interested in informing your school or workplace with correct Seizure First Aid? A seizure can happen at any place and any time, making it increasingly important to inform the general public on what to do when someone is having a seizure. Download the Seizure First Aid Poster/Flyer, and spread it around in your community today! Need copies?? Call our office and we will send them to you!
What are some other ways you are spreading the word? Send us an email and let us know!
The Epilepsy Foundation SUDEP Institute, comprised of leading epileptologists and epilepsy organizations, is urging people living with epilepsy and their caregivers to aim for zero sudden deaths from epilepsy and seizures by adopting and practicing four key actions:
- Take medication as prescribed
- Get enough sleep
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Strive to stop seizures
Social media platforms offer people living with epilepsy and the people caring for them opportunities and forums to discuss important issues about how to aim for a life without seizures and reduce their risks for sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). The Epilepsy Foundation recognizes that for 3 out of 10 people living with epilepsy, a life without seizures is not within reach right now. However, adopting the four actionable behaviors recommended here, and working towards the best seizure control possible, may help reduce the risk of SUDEP in people living with epilepsy.
For these reasons, the SUDEP Institute has launched the hashtag #AimForZero—encouraging those active on social media to use the hashtag while discussing SUDEP, the importance of seizure control, and the four key actions. The SUDEP Institute is providing the following tools to assist the Epilepsy Foundations local organizations and partners with creating social media messaging in support of the #AimForZero campaign. We encourage you to tailor these messages with your community’s understanding of SUDEP and the four key behaviors.