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National Epilepsy Week 2019

Monday 20 May - Sunday 26 May

People with epilepsy often tell us that they feel anxious about having a seizure when they're out and about, because they worry people won't know how to help them.

That's why, this National Epilepsy Week (Monday 20 May - Sunday 26 May), we're highlighting the simple ways people can help someone having a seizure, potentially even saving their life.

We'll be raising awareness of first aid for seizure and different seizure types, and telling your stories of how you've been helped during a seizure - and the life-changing difference this can make.

Remember ACTION for tonic-clonic seizures:

A

Assess

Assess the situation - are they in danger of injuring themselves? Remove any nearby objects that could cause injury.

C

Cushion

Cushion their head (with a jumper, for example) to protect them from head injury.

T

Time

Check the time - if the jerking lasts longer than five minutes you should call an ambulance.

I

Identity

Look for a medical bracelet or ID card - it may give you information about the person's seizures and what to do.

O

Over

Once the jerking has stopped, put them on their side. Stay with them and reassure them as they come round.

N

Never

Never restrain the person, put something in their mouth or try to give them food or drink.

#EpilepsyWeek

For further information about National Epilepsy Week, please contact our PR and campaigns team on +44 (0)113 210 8870 or by emailing campaigns@epilepsy.org.uk.
For advice and information about epilepsy, call our free helpline on 0808 800 5050.

Event Date: 
Wednesday 26 March 2014 (All day)