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National Epilepsy Awareness Day

March 26, 2023 All day

purple ribbon, purple miniature brain and purple stethoscope for National Epilepsy Awareness Day aka Purple Day

March 26th is National Epilepsy Awareness Day!

National Epilepsy Awareness Day, also known as Purple Day, is observed annually on March 26th to raise awareness about epilepsy, dispel myths and stigma, and support people with the condition.

The History of National Epilepsy Awareness Day
aka Purple Day!

This day was founded by a young girl named Cassidy Megan in 2008, who wanted to share her experience of living with epilepsy and help others who may be going through similar situations.

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures or convulsions. Seizures can range from mild to severe and may be caused by various factors, such as head injury, brain infection, genetic factors, or brain tumors. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions and myths surrounding epilepsy, which often lead to fear, discrimination, and exclusion of people with the condition.

National Epilepsy Awareness Day aims to break down these barriers and raise awareness about epilepsy to promote understanding and acceptance. It is a day to encourage education and communication, empower people with epilepsy to seek support and treatment, and advocate for better research and resources.

How to show your support

People around the world wear purple on this day to show their support for epilepsy awareness. Buildings and landmarks are also illuminated in purple to help raise awareness. Communities hold events, such as walks, runs, and talks, to bring people together and show support for those living with epilepsy.

It is vital to recognize the importance of spreading knowledge about epilepsy and helping to dispel the myths and stereotypes associated with it. By increasing awareness and understanding, we can support people with epilepsy and promote a more inclusive and accepting society.