The Seizure Smart September campaign aims to increase public awareness of the different types of seizures and educate the community on the appropriate first aid steps should they encounter someone experiencing a seizure.
1 in 10 people will experience a seizure in their lifetime. This can occur at any time, at any age, race, gender, cultural background or geographic location. There are many different types of seizures, so how to recognise the different types is important.
We invite you to share our campaign on your social media channels. We are active on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter and encourage you to share our posts to your own networks. Together we can raise awareness of seizure first aid and help build a supportive community for people living with epilepsy or seizures.
You can also share our tiles, upload our cover photo to your accounts and change your profile image for September using our Facebook frame. You are able to find images and recommended text to download below. Please tag @EpilepsyQueensland when you post on Facebook and @epilepsyqld on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
A4 seizure first aid poster
Facebook cover photo
Seizure First Aid Animation
Information to insert in your workplace or community newsletter
Are you Seizure Smart?
Do you know what to do if one of your colleagues has a seizure at work? One in ten people will have a seizure in their lifetime, which means it is likely you will encounter someone who may need your help.
Throughout September, Epilepsy Queensland is sharing new seizure first aid resources and running a digital campaign to educate as many people as possible on how to respond to a seizure situation and be #SeizureSmart.
The campaign is also focusing on how to recognise different types of seizures as not all seizures are the same and can present very differently from one individual to the next.
Key first aid steps
✔ TIME the seizure ✔ PROTECT from injury ✔ ROLL onto side if unconscious ✔ SUPPORT head if seated ✔ REDIRECT if confused ✔ REASSURE and STAY with the person
“Many people know basic first aid, but they don’t know what to do if someone is having a seizure,” says Epilepsy Queensland CEO Helen Whitehead. “One in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime, so it is not just people who have a loved one with epilepsy that need to know what to do in the event of a seizure. Our aim is to ensure at least one person in every home, office and classroom knows seizure first aid. It could save a life.”
For more information about seizure first aid including tonic clonic (convulsive) and non-convulsive seizure types can be found at: http://bit.ly/FirstAidResources