Benefits

Benefits that you may be entitled to

  We know many people have money worries at the moment. Therefore, it is important for you to understand the benefits that you might be eligible for. We have summarised how to access some benefits. Additionally, we have outlined changes that you might be able to expect if you are currently receiving benefits.


Epilepsy Scotland

An update from Lesslie Young, Chief Executive

  I hope you are all well and coping with the very different way of life due to the coronavirus outbreak. Everyone at Epilepsy Scotland appreciates this a period of great uncertainty. This may lead to some people experiencing more seizures than normal, feeling anxious or stressed.


epilepsy and family

Living with epilepsy and having a family

  Recently Stacey and her partner Ryan had their second child, a happy healthy little boy. They were eager to share their experiences to help other people with epilepsy who are thinking of starting a family.


Epilepsy for employers

Our new Epilepsy for Employers course

  Our Training Manager, Nicola Milne provides information on our new Epilepsy for Employers course designed for managers, HR Personnel and people supporting someone with epilepsy in the workplace.


Neurology

Neurological Care and Support in Scotland

  In 2019, the Scottish Government consulted on Scotland’s first Neurological Action Plan. Several organisations and individuals, including Epilepsy Scotland, contributed to the consultation. This was done to ensure that any commitments made addressed issues that people with neurological conditions face.


Talk Epilepsy

My experience of growing up with epilepsy

  Ashleigh was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was just 11 months old. Thanks to surgery, Ashleigh hasn’t had a seizure since March 2018. Below she shares her experiences growing up with epilepsy.  


seizure triggers

12 most common seizure triggers

  Our Helpline & Information Officer, Uschi Stickroth looks at 12 common seizure triggers and how you can help control them.


Epilepsy and methadone

Epilepsy and methadone

  The last policy blog post focussed on a new epilepsy register. It is currently being piloted in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Tayside. Epilepsy Scotland is very supportive of this register. We believe it will improve knowledge about epilepsy and drive better standards of care.


Epilepsy Friendly Award

Make your business Epilepsy Friendly

  Nicola Milne, Training Manager at Epilepsy Scotland looks at how our Epilepsy Friendly Award helps educate businesses and their employees to be more aware of epilepsy.


Complementary therapies and epilepsy

  Bruce Shiell, Wellbeing Worker at Epilepsy Scotland looks at how complementary therapies in conjuction with anti-epileptic medication can have a positive impact on your wellbeing.


Mother

What to expect when you’re not expecting

  Heather Morrow experienced constant feelings of self-doubt and felt that due to living with epilepsy, it would make her a bad mother. However, thanks to Epilepsy Scotland’s Wellbeing Service, Heather is now confident and looking forward to one day becoming a parent. Below she shares her experiences.


Talk Epilepsy

My experience of living with epilepsy for 32 years

  It has been great that people are sharing their experiences of living with epilepsy to help raise more awareness of the condition. This month, Andrew who has been living with epilepsy for 32 years, shares his epilepsy story.


Epilepsy and the justice system

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young explains the work Epilepsy Scotland is doing to help people working in the justice system understand epilepsy. Also, it’s impact and how some behaviour can be easily misinterpreted.   


Trustees

Trustees Week: Why I became a trustee

  This week is Trustees’ Week and we felt it was a great opportunity to get to know our trustees and also why they joined Epilepsy Scotland. Below Kevin Roger who is the new chairperson of our board explains why he joined as a trustee.


Trustees week

Trustees Week: Why I became a trustee

  This week is Trustees’ Week and we are sharing some stories of why our trustees joined Epilepsy Scotland. Below Lesley Carruthers shares her trustee story.  


Depression

Identifying depression in young people

  Bruce Shiell, Wellbeing Worker at Epilepsy Scotland looks at how being diagnosed with epilepsy can affect self-esteem for many children and how parents can identify signs of depression.


Brexit

Brexit update – Supply of medicines

  Epilepsy Scotland, along with several other charities, met with the Scottish Government’s Principal Pharmaceutical Officer and Head of Medicines Policy earlier this year. This was to discuss the continued supply of medicines in the event of a no-deal Brexit.


Epilepsy Scotland

65 years of Epilepsy Scotland

  We are celebrating our 65th anniversary next month and our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young looks at 65 years of Epilepsy Scotland.


Talk Epilepsy

My experience of living with photosensitive epilepsy

  We are looking for people to share their experiences of living with epilepsy and get people talking about epilepsy to help fight the stigma attached to the condition. This month, Jenni who has photosensitive epilepsy, describes her experiences and how she had her first seizure whilst on a plane going to Australia.


National Conference

Epilepsy Scotland’s National Conference

  Following the success of our last conference in Edinburgh, we have decided to host an event in Glasgow, Saturday 2 November. The conference will focus on individualised methods to treating and managing epilepsy.


Artist Helen Butler shares her experiences of epilepsy

  Artist Helen Butler will be exhibiting at Lifeworks19 art for Epilepsy Scotland exhibition next month. Here Helen shares her experience of being diagnosed with epilepsy at a young age and why she started to take up art.


Stress

How to reduce stress and anxiety

  Bruce Shiell, Wellbeing Worker at Epilepsy Scotland looks at ways to reduce stress and anxiety, which for some people may be a seizure trigger.


Hayley

Raising awareness of SUDEP – Alana’s story

  Hayley McGurk was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was just nine years old after having her first seizure in primary school. Unfortunately, when Hayley was 20 years old her seizures got worse and sadly, she passed away due to Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) in 2015.


Teachers guide

Introducing our teachers guide

  Uschi Stickroth, Helpline & Information Officer, at Epilepsy Scotland provides information on what to expect from our new teachers guide and how it can help teachers look after children living with epilepsy.


Talk Epilepsy

My experience of living with epilepsy

  We are looking to encourage people to start talking about epilepsy and share their experiences. Each month, we will be sharing these on our website and on social media. This month, Shona shares her experiences of being diagnosed at a young age and how epilepsy has affected her.