It’s National Epilepsy Week (18 – 24 May). Every year since 1958, people with epilepsy have united this week to tell others about the condition. This year is no different. Case studies and spokespeople from across the regions are available for interview.

As lockdown continues, the charity Epilepsy Action is celebrating the week by launching new services to help the 600,000 people affected by epilepsy across the UK:

·       A new podcast series, epilepsycastThe first episode features Port Vale FC captain Leon Legge sharing his experiences of epilepsy and insights from people as they cope with their condition in lockdown.

·       The Epilepsy Space is a new website for, and created by, teenagers and young people with epilepsy. It’s packed with blogs, vlogs and expert advice to support those dealing with their diagnosis and the milestones of young adulthood.

·       Virtual support groupsuniting people online during this unique time.

·       People can support Epilepsy Action and get a new fitness fix by taking on the new Step Challenge. If you’ve ever fancied scaling Everest, K2 or the Three Peaks, you can cover the distance in as many steps – either solo or as part of a team!

·       The Epilepsy Action helpline is open to support anyone affected by epilepsy on 0808 800 5050 / helpline@epilepsy.org.uk and more information is on our website epilepsy.org.uk  

Something that most of us do not come into contact with, but is out there, so it is important to be aware and support in some way.