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In 2011 we launched our latest campaign for improved help and support for teenagers with epilepsy, their families and carers. A young person with difficult epilepsy may have additional support needs. When they are at school these are provided by children’s services. Before teenagers with epilepsy leave school, families and agencies need to plan to ensure the move (transition) to adult care and support services happens smoothly. View our DVD, campaign leaflet and press release. More information on this campaign on this page.
Epilepsy Scotland works continuously to ensure that we raise awareness of epilepsy. Influencing attitudes towards epilepsy is top of our agenda at Epilepsy Scotland. It helps us to fight discrimination and the social stigma associated with epilepsy.
To achieve this goal we involve people with epilepsy and together we inform public opinion, educate the media and influence government policies. We want people to understand epilepsy and how it affects those who live with the condition each day.
We run various campaigns to make sure that we are making an impact with the right people. We lobby MSPs and MPs and initiate parliamentary motions, questions and debates. In recent years we have targeted GPs, teachers and police officers to ensure they are aware of epilepsy.
During 2011, in the run up to the Scottish Parliament elections, Epilepsy Scotland issued an ‘epilepsy challenge’ to the NHS, local authorities and the Scottish Government. It includes:
Tackling the epilepsy treatment gap: Up to 70% of people with epilepsy could be seizure free with the right treatment – but currently only 52% are. Tackling the treatment gap for epilepsy could improve the quality of life of over 7,000 people in Scotland and save lives.