November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month!

We're harnessing the strength of our community and social media to improve seizure recognition and first aid awareness.

#DareTo Be Seizure Smart so you’re ready to help when someone in your life has a seizure. 

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National Epilepsy Awareness Month

For Facebook: November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month! This month, we are talking about the importance of seizure recognition and proper first aid.  #DareTo Be Seizure Smart so you’re ready to help when someone in your life has a seizure. http://bit.ly/EFNEAM

For Twitter: It’s National Epilepsy Awareness Month. #DareTo Be Seizure Smart and learn #seizure #FirstAid. http://bit.ly/EFNEAM

Take the #DareTo Be Seizure Smart Quiz

For Facebook: Find out how much you know about epilepsy, seizures, and seizure first aid. Download and take the quiz found here: epilepsy.com/dareto-seizure-smart. Then challenge your friends to #DareTo Be Seizure Smart.

For Twitter: Take the quiz & #DareTo Be Seizure Smart epilepsy.com/dareto-seizure-smart

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota’s Seizure First Aide App

For Facebook: Help is as close as your phone. Download the free "Seizure First Aide" app at efmn.org/app for assistance with recognizing different types of seizures, knowing what to do, and timing how long the seizure lasts. Our thanks to @EpilepsyFoundationofMinnesota for developing this exciting new tool! #DareTo Be Seizure Smart

For Twitter: Help is as close as your phone. Download the #Seizure First Aide app: efmn.org/app #DareTo Be Seizure Smart @EpilepsyMN

Learn Seizure First Aid

For Facebook: Basic seizure first aid: 1) Put something soft under the person’s head and turn him on his side to keep the airway clear. 2) Keep onlookers at a safe distance and help everyone stay calm. 3) Do NOT hold the person down and do NOT put anything in her mouth. Holding a person down can cause injury to you or her, and placing something in her mouth can damage her teeth or worse. #DareTo Be Seizure Smart. Learn more at http://bit.ly/1NoZlQP.

For Twitter:

  1. Basic #seizure #FirstAid: Put something soft under the head & turn on side http://bit.ly/1NoZlQP #DareTo Be Seizure Smart
  2. Basic #seizure #FirstAid: Keep onlookers back & help everyone stay calm http://bit.ly/1NoZlQP #DareTo Be Seizure Smart
  3. Basic #seizure #FirstAid: Don’t hold person down & don’t put anything in mouth http://bit.ly/1NoZlQP #DareTo Be Seizure Smart

First Aid for Tonic-Clonic Seizures

For Facebook: When many people think about seizures, they picture someone falling to the ground and convulsing. This is called a tonic-clonic seizure, and it can be scary to watch. Understanding that a tonic-clonic seizure is usually short (less than 3 minutes) can help you stay calm, which is the first step in proper seizure first aid. Learn about how else you can help at http://bit.ly/1RpERIf. #DareTo Be Seizure Smart

For Twitter: Staying calm is 1st step in proper #seizure #FirstAid. Learn what to do: http://bit.ly/1RpERIf #DareTo Be Seizure Smart

Star Trek’s Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto Talk About It!

For Facebook: @StarTrekMovie’s Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto talk about what to do – and what not to do – to help someone who is having a seizure. For example, never, ever, put anything in the mouth of a person having a seizure. Watch what else they have to say at http://bit.ly/1jV4qGu.  #DareTo Be Seizure Smart @TalkAboutItFoundation

For Twitter: .@StarTrekMovie’s Chris Pine & Zachary Quinto on #seizure #FirstAid http://bit.ly/1jV4qGu #DareTo Be Seizure Smart @TalkAboutItorg

Care and Comfort First Aid

For Facebook: Care and comfort first aid includes steps to help anyone during or after a seizure. Learn how to keep someone safe and when more help may be needed: http://bit.ly/1O8abdz. #DareTo Be Seizure Smart

For Twitter: Care & comfort #FirstAid keeps a person safe during a #seizure: http://bit.ly/1O8abdz #DareTo Be Seizure Smart

Tailoring First Aid Plans for Different Types of Seizures

For Facebook: When providing first aid to someone having a seizure, it helps to notice whether the person's alertness or awareness is affected and if any physical movements occur that can place them at risk of injury. Find out how to tailor first aid to what’s happening during the seizure: http://bit.ly/1W6QBX5. #DareTo Be Seizure Smart

For Twitter: Find out how to tailor #FirstAid to what’s happening during the #seizure: http://bit.ly/1W6QBX5 #DareTo Be Seizure Smart

Responding to Seizures

For Facebook: Some people may need more than care and comfort first aid if a seizure is lasting longer than usual or the person has had a cluster of seizures. Learn about rescue medications and treatments for responding to a seizure that does not require emergency medical care: http://bit.ly/1M7B8ea. #DareTo Be Seizure Smart

For Twitter: When standard #FirstAid is not enough, rescue medicines & treatments can help: http://bit.ly/1M7B8ea #DareTo Be Seizure Smart

Calling an Ambulance

For Facebook: When should I call an ambulance for someone having a seizure? When you know someone has epilepsy, talk to them about their seizure action or response plan and when an ambulance might be needed. If you don’t know the person’s seizure history, then call for help if the seizure lasts 5 minutes or longer, there are signs of injury, if the person is pregnant, or if the person has repeated seizures. Find out more: http://bit.ly/1LvABZn. #DareTo Be Seizure Smart

For Twitter: Find out when to call an ambulance when someone has a #seizure: http://bit.ly/1LvABZn #DareTo Be Seizure Smart #FirstAid

Helping After a Seizure

For Facebook: After having a seizure, a person may be confused and disoriented. You can help by staying with the person until they’ve physically recovered, keeping the person calm, and asking simple questions like, “Do you know your name?” Be caring and supportive -- and ask others to do the same. Learn more at http://bit.ly/1Iw0Zjc. #DareTo Be Seizure Smart #FirstAid

For Twitter: Find out how to help after the #seizure is over: http://bit.ly/1Iw0Zjc #DareTo Be Seizure Smart #FirstAid

First Aid Resources in the Epilepsy Foundation Online Store

For Facebook: We have posters, pamphlets, bookmarks, and more on seizure first aid in our online store. Many are available in both English and Spanish and through digital download. Get the tools you need to raise awareness about seizure first aid: www.epilepsy.com/store. #DareTo Help Others Be Seizure Smart

For Twitter: Our store has tools to raise awareness about #seizure #FirstAid: www.epilepsy.com/store. #DareTo Be Seizure Smart

Donate to Support the Epilepsy Foundation’s Mission

For Facebook: Too many people still don’t know about proper seizure first aid. The Epilepsy Foundation is committed to educating everyone from coast to coast across the country. Help us spread the news: #DareTo Be Seizure Smart. http://bit.ly/give2efa

For Twitter: We won’t stop until the whole U.S. knows #seizure #FirstAid. You can help! http://bit.ly/give2efa #DareTo Be Seizure Smart

Find Your Local Epilepsy Foundation

For Facebook: Find help and support with understanding seizure first aid at your local Epilepsy Foundation: http://bit.ly/1p2NCOz #DareTo Be Seizure Smart

For Twitter: Find help understanding #seizure #FirstAid at your local Epilepsy Foundation: http://bit.ly/1p2NCOz #DareTo Be Seizure Smart

New First Aide App!

We are honored to share with you the new “Seizure First Aide” mobile app created by the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota. Find it here: efmn.org/app.

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