Epilepsy Purple Day is now an international day for epilepsy falling on 26 March each year. It is a special day when people from across the planet come together to talk about the condition and to raise awareness. Our commitment to raise the standard of care and to support the healthcare sector goes beyond our immediate area of trade and expertise. We love to come behind initiatives such as this one because they truly contribute to the well-being of individuals affected and their families.
It was created in 2008 by a young girl from Canada called Cassidy Megan. Cassidy, who also suffers from epilepsy, wanted to raise awareness and get as many people talking about this condition as possible. She also wanted to reassure those with the condition that they were not alone. What an amazing initiative from such a young age!
We would like to send a big shoutout to all involved in the promotion of the event (well-done guys!) and invite all of you to get behind and make a difference.
Click here to Join the conversation and support the event.
The event has been running for 8 years and it has now grown to be a global event. In the UK, the Epilepsy Society are official Purple day partner. Another organisation behind the Epilepsy Purple Day is the Young Epilepsy and you can access their campaign by following the link.
Cassidy chose the color purple as lavender is the international flower of epilepsy.
Key facts from the World Health Organisation website:
- Epilepsy is a chronic noncommunicable disease of the brain that affects people of all ages.
- More than 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, making it one of the most common neurological diseases globally.
- Nearly 80% of people with epilepsy live in low- and middle-income countries.
- It is estimated that 70% of people living with epilepsy could live seizure-free if properly diagnosed and treated.
- About three-quarters of people with epilepsy living in low- and middle- income countries do not get the treatment they need.
- In many parts of the world, people with epilepsy and their families suffer from stigma and discrimination.