Epilepsy is one of the world’s most common serious brain disorders. Approximately 200,000 Queenslanders (3-4% of our population) will acquire epilepsy during their lifetime. Anyone at any time can be diagnosed with epilepsy; however, those under the age of 5 and over 60 are the most common.
Epilepsy can impact their lives, creating barriers to employment, education, socialising and participating in the community. These barriers are often a result of a lack of community understanding of epilepsy and the different types of seizures.
Breaking down myths and misconceptions
Part of Epilepsy Queensland’s mission is to bring epilepsy out of the shadows. We do this by providing epilepsy education and building community awareness. Our aim is for at least one person in every household and workplace to be able to identify the different types of seizures and be able to provide basic seizure first aid. We encourage people to talk about epilepsy. By sharing our stories we can help break down the myths and bring epilepsy out of the shadows.
There are many ways you can help to bring epilepsy out of the shadows.
Purple Day is on Thursday 26 March, but you can Go Purple for Epilepsy anytime throughout the month.
Five ways to get involved
- Wear purple for epilepsy
- Host a Purple Day fundraiser
- Take on an Everyday Hero challenge
- Buy or sell merchandise
- Post a selfie from a Purple Day event or illumination on social media
Our aim is for at least one person in every household and workplace to be able to identify the different types of seizures and be able to provide basic seizure first aid. Follow our Seizure Smart September Campaign on our social media channels.
Personal stories can make a big difference when it comes to increasing awareness and understanding whilst influencing attitudes in the broader community. If you’re willing to share how epilepsy has touched your life or that of someone close to you, we would love to hear from you