Ben Nevis

Fundraiser focus: My Ben Nevis challenge

  Murray is climbing Ben Nevis in March 2021 to help raise vital funds for Epilepsy Scotland. This extreme challenge is set over an entire weekend. Murray explains what this challenge means to him.


Children

Our children are dying unnecessarily. Why?

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young looks at research conducted by the Scottish Learning Disability Observatory (SLDO) which focussed on research into deaths of children with learning disabilities living in Scotland.


Anxiety

Ways to help deal with and reduce anxiety

  Our Helpline & Information Officer, Stuart Macgee provides information on ways to help deal with and reduce anxiety, especially during this uncertain time.


Cycling

Living with epilepsy: How cycling has helped me

  Leanne was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 18 years old. Here Leanne shares her story of living with epilepsy and how cycling has helped her have some independence.


Epilepsy Scotland

Why I joined Epilepsy Scotland as a trustee

  Vice-chair of Epilepsy Scotland’s board of directors, Kirsty Lynch, explains why she joined Epilepsy Scotland as a trustee and the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Book review: Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Guide

  Our Wellbeing Assistant, Jennifer Bell recently read a book called Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood: A Guide by John M. Freeman M.D., Eileen P.G. Vining M.D. and Diana J. Pillas. She provides her thoughts on the book and how it can help parents and patients understand their condition better and accept it.


Learning disabled

Covid, common sense and compassion

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young, looks at the new Covid-19 restrictions. Also, how people with a learning disability, who are living and being cared for in supported accommodation have been largely forgotten during the pandemic.


Sleep seizures

Sleep seizures explained

  Our Helpline & Information Officer, Stuart Macgee provides information on how to detect sleep seizures.


Epilepsy

Living with epilepsy for nine years

  Maggie was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was just nine years old and has been living with epilepsy for nine years. Here she shares her experiences and what she would say to someone who has been recently diagnosed.


Invisible Disabilities Week

Status epilepticus and emergency medication

  Our Training Manager, Nicola Milne looks at status epilepticus, when a seizure becomes a medical emergency and provides information on what is emergency medication.


Epilepsy and driving

Epilepsy and driving: Legal requirements

  Our Helpline & Information Officer, Stuart Macgee looks at epilepsy and driving and what legal requirements need to be met before being able to drive again.


Epilepsy Warriors Foundation and Epilepsy Scotland

Lesslie Young, Chief Executive   With COVID-19 changing the way we live in so many ways we need to focus on the positives. Epilepsy Scotland has seen an increase in people participating in our services since we moved to virtual delivery. Some people are more comfortable taking part from the comfort of their own home … Continued


Epilepsy

Having epilepsy whilst working and studying for a MBA

  Graham Loan was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2017. However, his diagnosis hasn’t stopped him from forging a successful career and has provided him with different opportunities at work which has allowed him to learn new skills and has led to a recent promotion. Here he shares his story.


School

Returning to school with a diagnosis of epilepsy

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young looks at children and young people returning to school with a diagnosis of epilepsy and how well a teacher understands the condition can make an enormous difference to their return to school experience.


Social prescribing

How social prescribing helps people with epilepsy

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young provides information on the concept of social prescribing, which seeks to address people’s individual needs including areas such as mental health and social support.  


Invisible Disabilities Week

First aid for more complicated epilepsy

  In the final part of our first aid for seizures blog series, our Helpline and Information Officer Stuart Macgee looks at first aid for more complicated epilepsy.


Q&A with Jason Leitch

Q&A with Professor Jason Leitch

  Epilepsy Scotland Chief Executive, Lesslie Young asked your questions regarding epilepsy and coronavirus to Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director for Scotland.


Sodium Valproate

Sodium Valproate – a time for action not words

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young looks at The Cumberledge Review into the avoidable harm to women through the use of Primodos, pelvic mesh and Sodium Valproate and whether an apology from the government is enough.


Atonic and tonic seizures

First aid for tonic and atonic seizures

  In part two of our first aid for seizures blog series, our Helpline & Information Officer, Stuart Macgee looks at first aid for tonic and atonic seizures.


Work

Employment – a consistent barrier for people with epilepsy

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young looks at how gaining employment is a consistent barrier for people living with epilepsy and how Epilepsy Scotland will continue to do everything we can to ensure people with epilepsy are never held back by their condition when trying to reach their full potential.


First aid

First aid for tonic-clonic and absence seizures

  Our Helpline & Information Officer, Stuart Macgee will be looking at first aid for seizures as part of a new blog series. Part one looks at first aid for tonic-clonic and absence seizures.


Staying safe with epilepsy

Staying safe with epilepsy

  Our Helpline & Information Officer, Stuart Macgee looks at ways you can stay safe whilst living with epilepsy and still be able to do the things you love and have independence.


Low mood

Epilepsy and low mood

  Our Wellbeing Worker, Bruce Shiell looks at epilepsy and low mood and ways in which you can change how you think and feel.


Memory

How I try and improve my memory

  Epilepsy Scotland’s volunteer, Alan McMaster shares how a combination of epilepsy and a brain haemorrhage has affected his memory.


epilepsy

My experience of living with epilepsy

  Helenann Murray was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2016. Helenann’s partner and her middle child also have epilepsy. Below Helenann shares her experiences and the challenges she and her family have faced.  


Young people

Epilepsy Scotland’s Youth Group service

  Our Youth Development Worker, Shelby Johnston looks at how Epilepsy Scotland’s Youth Groups continue to support young people during the Coronavirus pandemic.


Fundraising

Update from CEO, Lesslie Young

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young looks at how the coronavirus pandemic has brought the importance of charities into focus and how our work is #NeverMoreNeeded.


Helping young people during COVID19

  Our Youth Development Workers Kirstyn Cameron and Shelby Johnson looks at the importance for young people to have positive connections during this lockdown period.


Covid19

Protecting yourself from increased seizures

  Our Helpline & Information Officer, Stuart Macgee looks at ways to protect yourself from increased seizures during this period of lockdown and if you are showing symptoms of COVID19.