UK charities involved in global epilepsy awareness day

Purple Day is a global event taking place on 26 March to raise awareness of epilepsy and assure those with the condition that they are not alone.

Joe Lepper | 22nd Feb 19
Image shows purple glitter background. People are encouraged to wear or decorate with purple on Purple Day to raise awareness of epilepsy.

Social media users are being encouraged to start conversations about epilepsy, during a global awareness event taking place next month.

Purple Day is being held on 26 March and encourages people to raise awareness of the condition. Those taking part are being urged to use the #purpleday hashtag on social media.

Involved in activity in the UK is the Epilepsy Society, which has made a fundraising pack available online. This includes materials and advice on starting conversations about epilepsy.

Another is Young Epilepsy, which is encouraging people to organize purple themed events, such as purple hair day, a purple cake bake or turning a school or office purple. Young Epilepsy has also made a fundraising pack available.

The event was created in 2008 by Cassidy Megan, a young girl from Canada, who has epilepsy and wanted to find a way to get people talking about the condition.

Awareness raising

As well as raising awareness another focus of the day is to assure those with epilepsy that they are not alone.

The Epilepsy Society announced earlier this month that it is partnering with global biopharmaceutical firm UCB to use machine learning to help improve treatment for those with epilepsy. The aim of the work is to find treatments for those for whome current treatments do not work.