This November, the Epilepsy Foundation is launching the #removethefilter campaign for National Epilepsy Awareness Month (NEAM). This new social media campaign seeks to give a voice to those who suffer from epilepsy across America.
Epilepsy is more common than many people think. One in ten people across the world will have a seizure in their lifetimes and one in 26 will develop epilepsy at some point during their lives. According to Laura Thrall, CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation, those who suffer from epilepsy avoid the conversation because they might fear bullying or have trouble explaining their epilepsy to others. By “removing the filter,” people across America can begin a conversation that many of us avoid or simply don’t understand.
There are many ways to participate in NEAM. Seizure First Aid training can save lives, opening up understanding of what epilepsy is and giving everyone the necessary tools to help with a seizure. Follow the link below to the Epilepsy Learning Portal to enroll in a Seizure Recognition and First Aid Certification, delivered in a format approved for the general public by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Want to add your voice to the #removethefilter campaign? Head over to https://www.epilepsy.com/form/share-your-story to share your truth about the ups and downs of living with epilepsy. To begin the conversation, Epilepsy Foundation board members Camila Coelho and her daughter Cynthia Hudson have shared their unique stories on the site. Join them in their journey to spread awareness and understanding of epilepsy!
There are many more ways to join the fight against epilepsy this month. Explore epilepsy.com to learn where to begin with fundraising, join the Walk to End Epilepsy, and more!