- Epilepsy can affect anyone with a brain. According to the World Health Organization, epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national or geographic boundaries.
- Public misunderstanding about epilepsy causes social challenges like bullying, discrimination, and depression. People don’t want to talk about it, but we can no longer ignore it.
- Over a lifetime, one in 10 people will have a seizure, and one in 26 will be diagnosed with epilepsy. There are 3.4 million people in the U.S. living with active epilepsy – that’s more than Autism Spectrum Disorders, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy combined. Yet, Epilepsy receives one-tenth the research funding than any one of those neurological disorders.
Let’s Use Our Brains To End Epilepsy
This year during National Epilepsy Awareness Month (NEAM), the Epilepsy Foundation is rolling out the “Let’s Use Our Brains to End Epilepsy” campaign. Our new campaign focuses on the brain to change the conversation around seizures and rally everyone to End Epilepsy. “Let’s Use our Brains to End Epilepsy®” will help the general public understand the connection between epilepsy and the brain. The hope is that the campaign will rewire the fight-or-flight reaction most people have when seeing someone have a seizure and replace it with empathy and action.
At the heart of the campaign are 14 people with diverse stories of epilepsy. They are joined by celebrities and influencers, such as Greg Grunberg, Rick Harrison, John O’Hurley, and graffiti artist Saber, and others who want to make a difference in the lives of millions by using their social media platforms to share how they are using their brains to #EndEpilepsy.