November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month
November 1, 2011
November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month--It's Time to Get Seizure Smart!
Epilepsy Foundation Partners with More than
50 Organizations to Increase Epilepsy Awareness
This November, in recognition of National Epilepsy Awareness Month, the Epilepsy Foundation challenges America to Get Seizure Smart! This nationwide epilepsy public awareness campaign sets out to educate America about epilepsy and seizure first aid.
More than 50 organizations have already signed on as National Epilepsy Awareness Month partners. USA Network will air the Epilepsy Foundation's national public service announcement as part of their Characters Unite campaign and Discovery Health Network will include the www.GetSeizureSmart.org link on their website to promote the partnership and encourage their visitors to participate in the campaign. Other partners taking the challenge include the National Brain Tumor Society, Navy Federal Credit Union, Cyberonics and Lundbeck.
"National Epilepsy Awareness Month is an opportunity to rally the community to raise awareness of epilepsy and find a cure," says Tony Coelho, interim chief executive officer of the Epilepsy Foundation. "These organizations understand the importance of this commitment and this campaign."
This year's theme, Get Seizure Smart, call for Americans to learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of a seizure and know how to respond if someone is having a seizure. The campaign website, www.GetSeizureSmart.org, features downloadable fact sheets, short videos and other resources to help people recognize a seizure and know how to respond. Supporters can test their knowledge by taking the interactive online Get Seizure Smart quiz. Throughout the month, the Epilepsy Foundation's network of affiliates is coordinating events around the country to educate local communities about epilepsy.
"Epilepsy affects nearly 3 million Americans. Despite this alarming number, most Americans do now know how to properly recognize and respond when someone is having a seizure," said Dr. Brien Smith, chair of the Epilepsy Foundation's Board of Directors and Chief of Neurology for the Spectrum Health Medical Group in Michigan. "If you saw someone having a seizure, would you know what to do?
The Foundation is using social networking sites Facebook, Twitter and the Epilepsy Foundation's social network eCommunities to mobilize parents, friends, family and caregivers to take action with the 30 Ways in 30 Days challenge. Every day throughout the month, supporters can find out how to engage their own communities to help spread the word.
"One in every ten Americans have had, or will have, a seizure at some point in their lives," Dr. Smith added. "Learning about the condition could help save a life or prevent serious injury to someone
The Foundation is using Facebook, Twitter, and eCommunities to mobilize parents, friends, family and caregivers to take action with the 30 Ways in 30 Days challenge. For everyday in November, supporters will find out how to engage their own communities to help spread the word.
"One in every ten Americans have had, or will have, a seizure at some point in their lives," Dr. Smith added. "Learning about the condition could help save a life or prevent serious injury to someone having a seizure. That's why it is so important for schools, hospitals and businesses to help us distribute proper information about epilepsy and encourage their staff, customers and constituents to take the quiz."
The Epilepsy Foundation has celebrated National Epilepsy Awareness Month since 1969. In 2003, Congress passed a formal resolution declaring November as National Epilepsy Awareness Month.
National Epilepsy Awareness Month launches November 1, 2011. Visit www.GetSeizureSmart.org to get more information about National Epilepsy Awareness Month or to become a partner.