International Epilepsy Day

The Epilepsy Foundation is proud to join the epilepsy community in recognizing the second Monday in February as International Epilepsy Day.

International Epilepsy Day 2018 - February 12th

"This is Me" #Epilepsy Day Social Media Campaign

International Epilepsy Day 2018

Join the worldwide effort to get #epilepsyday to trend on Twitter and other social media sites.

  1. Share a photo with you holding a "This is Me" poster or International Epilepsy Day selfie sign on social media using the hashtag #epilepsyday.
  2. Use the #EpilepsyDay badge or on your social media profiles.
  3. Change the header photos on your social media accounts. Download "This is Me" social media graphics here.
  4. Download and give your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and teammates the "This is Me" information or first aid postcards.

"Life is Beautiful" Photopraphy Competition

Check out the winners of the "Life is Beautiful" photography competition. See all the entries: Under 12s and Over 12s.

Entrants were asked to submit photos that show how

  • Life is beautiful despite a diagnosis of epilepsy
  • Life is beautiful when enjoyed with family and friends
  • Nature shows us how beautiful life is

Share your photos of how life is beautiful on February 12th with the hashtag #EpilepsyDay!

Other Ways to Get Involved

  1. Create a Facebook fundraiser to support the Epilepsy Foundation! Your fundraiser will support our mission to help people overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. Follow the steps here: Select “Epilepsy Foundation of America” or your local Epilepsy Foundation as your charitable organization.
  2. Find and attend #EpilepsyDay events happening across the globe.
  3. Meet Campi, the International Epilepsy Day mascot.
  4. Tell your story. Share your story, offer words of wisdom, or send a message for others living with epilepsy in the comment section below or in the forum for International Epilepsy Day.

Facts in Tweet-size Bites

  • 65 million people around the world live w/ #epilepsy
  • 3.4+ million people in the U.S. live w/ #epilepsy
  • 1 in 26 people in the U.S. will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime
  • 4 to 10 out of 1,000 people on earth live w/ active #seizures at any one time
  • 150,000 new cases of #epilepsy are diagnosed in the U.S. each year
  • One-third of people w/ #epilepsy live w/ uncontrollable #seizures because no available treatment works for them
  • For 6 out of 10 people w/ #epilepsy the cause is unknown
  • 4 out of 10 people w/ #epilepsy in the industrialized world do not receive appropriate treatment
  • 8 out of 10 people w/ #epilepsy in developing nations do not receive appropriate treatment

What is International Epilepsy Day?

Epilepsy Day

Started in 2015 and organized by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), the day provides a platform for people with epilepsy to share their experiences and stories with a global audience. The day also calls for all people to advocate for appropriate legislation that will guarantee human rights of people with epilepsy and encourages people with epilepsy to live to their fullest potential. The Epilepsy Foundation is a full member of IBE.

Epilepsy is More than Seizures

Despite being one of the world's oldest known medical conditions, public fear and misunderstanding about epilepsy persists, making many people reluctant to talk about it. That reluctance leads to lives lived in the shadows, discrimination in workplaces and communities, and a lack of funding for new therapies research. For many people living with epilepsy, the misconceptions and discrimination can be more difficult to overcome than the seizures themselves.

International Epilepsy Day seeks to raise awareness and educate the general public on the true facts about epilepsy and the urgent need for improved treatment, better care, and greater investment in research.

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Past International Epilepsy Day Themes:

  • 2017 theme: Putting Epilepsy in the Picture
  • 2016 theme: Yes, I can!
  • 2015 theme: International Epilepsy Day and hashtag #EpilepsyDay launch.