People and organizations around the globe gather each year to mark International Epilepsy Day. It is a joint initiative of the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE).
In 2023, International Epilepsy Day will focus on the stigma people living with epilepsy face around the world.
Epilepsy affects almost every aspect of the life of the person diagnosed with the disease. For many people living with epilepsy, the stigma attached to the disease is more difficult to deal with than the disease itself.
The stigma of epilepsy can discourage people from seeking treatment and has consequences for the quality of life and social inclusion.
This International Epilepsy Day, you’re invited to share your stories of facing stigma as a person with epilepsy or a carer for someone who has epilepsy. Stigma can be reduced when people are given the opportunity to discuss the effects of stigma on their lives.
Educating people about epilepsy and dispelling myths can also reduce stigma. Help us spread awareness of Epilepsy Facts vs Myths by sharing our messages online and making your own. *
*Resources are coming soon.