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Fort William hosts free epilepsy training and school awareness talk

Added: 13 November 2015, 10:57

To get the latest facts about epilepsy, head over to the Duncansburgh MacIntosh Parish Church, on The Parade in Fort William on Thursday 19 November.  Epilepsy Scotland staff will hold a free awareness training session from 9.30pm - 12.30pm. This no-cost certified CPD course will benefit health and social care, teaching and voluntary sector workers who want to update their professional knowledge and skills in supporting people with epilepsy.  The session is also open to individuals with epilepsy and to their family and friends.    

Later that day, from 2-4pm in the same venue, the public can attend free seminars.  The first session looks at teenage brain development and epilepsy.  The second session addresses the impact of sleep deprivation on mental health and learning for young people, and considers possible solutions.  Both seminars are open to teenagers and parents and anyone working with young people who have seizures. 

That same afternoon, Inverlochy Primary School pupils will hear more about how common epilepsy is and how it affects people.  Youth Development worker Zoe Reid will also explain some of the ways that pupils can help a classmate taking seizures. 

Epilepsy Scotland Chief Executive Lesslie Young said ‘Epilepsy is a far more common condition than people realise.  It affects one person in every 97 of the Scottish population and over 100 people here in Fort William.  We know from calls to our helpline that a diagnosis of epilepsy impacts not just a person’s physical health but their emotional and mental wellbeing as well.  Our innovative ‘Bridging the Gap’ project provides more than free information across Scotland to help people learn the basics about epilepsy.  Through our awareness training, seminars and school talks, we aim to equip many others to respond appropriately as situations arise.’ 

Anyone wishing to attend the epilepsy awareness training or seminars can book a free place by calling 0141 427 4911 or emailing
Notes to editor

1.    Photo opportunity
Press photos can be taken at 9.30pm at the Duncansburgh MacIntosh Parish Church, The Parade, Fort William PH33 6BA.  Epilepsy Scotland’s trainer and Epilepsy Social Worker Michael Adair will be available for interview beforehand and at the event.

2.    Epilepsy Scotland works with people affected by epilepsy to ensure that their voice is heard.  We campaign for improved healthcare, better information provision and an end to stigma.  This common serious neurological condition affects one in 97 people.  We represent 54,000 people with epilepsy, their families and carers.  Our freephone Helpline (0808 800 2200) offers support and information.  People can email (, text 07786 209501, find us on facebook, use twitter @epilepsy_scot or visit:

3.    For more details please contact: Allana Parker, Public Affairs Officer on: 0141 419 1701 or 07884 012 147.