Today is #BellLetsTalk day. Did you know:
- 1 in 4 people with Epilepsy have depression
- Although common, mental health issues in people with Epilepsy are not always diagnosed OR treated
- Improving mental health issues may also improve seizures; improving seizures may also improve mental health
- People with Epilepsy have 5 times a greater risk for completed suicide
Help us to break the cycle - help us to talk about the link between Epilepsy and depression. Please remember that Epilepsy Durham Region is always here for you to talk. Please see the links below for a resource that may help you today:
CMHA Ontario Division
http://www.ontario.cmha.ca/ | 416 977 5580 |
National Epilepsy Awareness Month, March 2016, provides a platform to raise awareness one voice at a time and our 2016 campaign puts the spotlight on the children affected with this disease. Epilepsy Durham Region's campaign, 'Be a Kid for a Kid' provides a conduit for people to reprioritize and take a moment to help a child in their community, working together as a team towards one common goal – changing the life of a child with Epilepsy.
HOW IT WORKS:
- Companies will choose their favourite childhood games to relive alongside colleagues – hopscotch, board games, or even musical chairs; the options are limitless
- Challenge co-workers
- Raise awareness about Epilepsy
- Pledge to HAVE FUN
Epilepsy Responsible for More US Deaths than SIDS, Fires
MINNEAPOLIS – Epilepsy is not a public health priority, yet it takes more lives than sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or fires, according to an article reviewing the topic. Doctors say epilepsy deaths should be a focus of research and education to understand and prevent those deaths, according to the "Views and Reviews" article published in the December 16, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
"We have done far too little for far too long," said author Orrin Devinsky, MD, with the New York University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in New York and a Fellow with the American Academy of Neurology. "Efforts to assess and prevent epilepsy-related death have been distressingly inadequate."
The review states that seizures cause most of the more than 5,000 epilepsy-related deaths per