Yep, that’s right. The average Facebook user knows at least one person with epilepsy in their network, but seeing as epilepsy is a ‘hidden condition’ it’s impossible to know someone has it unless they actually tell you.
That’s why River Island has teamed up with Young Epilepsy and Epilepsy Society to get more people talking about the condition, challenge the stereotypes and end the stigma.
By doing so, we believe we can create a world where people with the condition can talk openly about epilepsy without the fear of being judged or discriminated against.
So get involved, and help #ExplainEpilepsy properly.
We called in a few favours and asked some friends with epilepsy to explain the condition and talk about the impact of stigma and stereotypes on their lives.
You too can help #ExplainEpilepsy properly. It's pretty easy and definitely worth it. We even have prizes, so what are you waiting for?
Epilepsy is not just one condition, but a group of many different 'epilepsies' with one thing in common: a tendency to have seizures that start in the brain. Epilepsy is usually only diagnosed after a person has had more than one seizure.
Anyone can develop epilepsy, at any time of life. It happens in people of all ages, races and social classes. Epilepsy is most commonly diagnosed in children and in people over 65. There are over half a million people with epilepsy in the UK, so around 1 in 100 people.