National Epilepsy Week 2022
Monday 23rd May – Sunday 29th May marks this year’s National Epilepsy Week.
Across all age groups, there are approximately 500,000 people in the UK who currently suffer from Epilepsy. Raising awareness is vital to secure valuable support and research into this condition – but there is even more you can do to help.
What can you do to help?
Joining a campaign or getting involved in fundraising are both great ways to do your bit for the community and help those affected by Epilepsy – which doesn’t just include people who have been diagnosed with the condition. The impacts of Epilepsy are felt by many.
Don’t have time to get involved? That’s understandable! You can still make a huge difference by learning to recognise the symptoms of a seizure as well as what to do if you witness one occur. You never know when someone might suffer a seizure, and you may even save someone’s life.
What to do if someone has a seizure
There are many types of Epileptic seizure so we won’t go into great detail here, but you can learn more on our Epilepsy page or on the NHS website (both linked below).
Some seizures are not as serious or others, but if you’re with someone or witness someone who starts to fit (loss of consciousness, falling to the ground, and jerking of the muscles) then the NHS recommends the following.
Firstly, whilst it may be scary to see, it is important not to panic. Instead:
- Avoid moving them unless they’re in danger (such as in a road or near a hot cooker)
- If they’re on the ground, try to cushion their head
- Loosen any tight clothing around their neck to aid breathing
- After the convulsions stop, move them into the recovery position
- Stay with them and talk to them calmly until they recover
You don’t always need to call 999. However, you should do so if:
- It’s the first seizure the person has had
- The seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes
- The person doesn’t fully regain consciousness
- They have multiple seizures without regaining consciousness
- The person gets severely injured during the seizure
In these cases it’s a good idea to give the paramedics / doctors as much information as possible.
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Over the past 20 years we’ve worked with some of the UK’s leading Epilepsy charities, and our super friendly experts have provided valuable advice to thousands of families. We understand more about this condition than most, and have worked extremely close with insurers to promote FAIRER OUTCOMES.
Here are some helpful links relating to Epilepsy and life insurance:
- Epilepsy life insurance
- NHS Choices – Epilepsy
- What to do if someone has a seizure
- Epilepsy Action – Charity
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