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The theme of this year's awareness raising week aims to highlight the uniqueness of epilepsy, and focuses on the different levels of support and services available to those with epilepsy in Scotland. The week runs from Sunday, 19 May to Saturday, 25 May 2013. We have lots of activities lined up, all to raise awareness about epilepsy.
You can find us at the Scottish Parliament with an exhibition by the Epilepsy Consortium Scotland, which we are members of, between 14-16 May. We have also arranged a photocall of Members of the Scottish Parliament on 16 May showing their support for epilepsy, and there will be an epilepsy debate at the Scottish Parliament between 21-23 May.
In addition to our political activities, we are planning to increase our social media presence during that week to reach out to our over 6,000 supporters on facebook and twitter with daily posts and polls. Also watch out for a possible appearance on local TV.
We would also like to hear from anyone planning an event to raise awareness during this week, and if there are any photos, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org . We will add them to our National Epilepsy Week photo gallery.
During last year's National Epilepsy Week, we ran a poster competition for schools and pupils from Oakgrove Primary School in Glasgow came out tops. We asked you to test your epilepsy knowledge by taking part in our quiz. We asked our politicians to show their support and they did. We asked you to get involved in fun ways, and many of you organised fundraising and awareness raising events. Thank you to everyone who got involved!
The theme for last year was ‘Information’. Many MSPs came to the JEC epilepsy exhibition stand and photo call while the public enjoyed taking part in our online prize-winning epilepsy awareness quiz.
MSPs and First Minister Alex Salmond show their support for epilepsy: