We exist to improve the lives
of everyone affected by epilepsy

For young people

If you’re a teenager with epilepsy, you probably have all sorts of questions about how epilepsy could affect your life. For example, will you be able to go on holiday with friends, go to concerts and clubs and drink alcohol? Or maybe you have a friend, brother or sister who has epilepsy and you just want to understand more about it.

The aim of these webpages is to answer these questions. If you want to find more detailed information, or information on anything else about epilepsy, contact the helpline on 0808 800 5050 or helpline@epilepsy.org.uk or tweet or text.

If you want to talk online to other teenagers with epilepsy, visit the Tea Room. This is for 13 to 19 year olds.

Have a look at  Youth health talk for video clips of young people talking about their experience of epilepsy.

Your first seizure

Event Date: 
Thursday 26 November 2015 - 13:41

Epilepsy Action would like to thank epilepsy specialist nurses Roz Atkinson, Janine Winterbottom and Carmel McGinn of Cardiff, Liverpool and County Fermanagh for their valuable contributions to this information.

This information has been produced under the terms of The Information Standard.

  • Updated December 2014
    To be reviewed December 2017

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My friend has epilepsy

Submitted by sam hope on

i have epilepsy and i struggle i want to know more about it and know what activities i can do and cant do.

Submitted by jessica on

Hi Jessica

With the right support and safety precautions, people with epilepsy can take part in most activities. You can find out more on our sports and leisure page. If you’ve got any other questions, or would like to talk about anything to do with your epilepsy, you can call the Epilepsy Action Helpline free on 0808 800 5050.


Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

Submitted by Grace-Epilepsy ... on