There are an estimated 90,000 New Zealanders living with epilepsy today. With up to 25% of those having forms of epilepsy that significantly impact their everyday lives. Anyone can develop epilepsy at any stage of their life. While often the cause for epilepsy is unknown, its onset may occur due to:
- Head Injuries
- Genetic conditions
- Birth Trauma
- Drug & Alcohol abuse
- Brain Infections
- Brain Tumours
Raising awareness of epilepsy in New Zealand helps us to:
- Build community – to enable people to meet, talk, create friendships and support each other.
- Shift the stigma surrounding epilepsy and allow people to feel supported as they live, work and play in our communities.
- Advise and Inform – ensure people are aware of services available to support them
We believe in working in collaboration with other service providers to achieve these goals,
We take a varied approach to raising awareness including:
- Attendance at community events and forums.
- Brain Train seminars – to inform and educate about epilepsy and/or current research
- Printed material – ask about our seizure chart it provides information about types of seizures and what do – great for displaying by workplace or school first aid kits – or having on your fridge.
- Online through our website and social media