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Epilepsy Debate, 20/05/14 [S]

Debate in the Scottish Parliament on 20 May 2014 on tackling the stigma of epilepsy through education. The debate was opened by Kenneth Gibson (SNP).

The motion was debated without any question being put:

That the Parliament is saddened by what it understands is the persistent social stigma associated with epilepsy, which variously affects the lives of 54,000 people with this condition in Scotland; recognises research by Quarriers in 2012 that found that one in two people with epilepsy still encounters prejudice from the public and understands that nearly everyone with epilepsy polled said that most people know little about it; considers that informing attitudes through public education based on the See Me campaign model helps to tackle longstanding stigma and discrimination toward epilepsy; notes calls for all school pupils to learn about the effects of epilepsy and other long-term conditions and potentially life-saving techniques; acknowledges the forthcoming Stamp Out Stigma awareness-raising campaign for secondary pupils developed by Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament in conjunction with Epilepsy Connections, Education Scotland, Scottish Epilepsy Initiative and Young Epilepsy; understands that, by making epilepsy awareness a compulsory element of all first aid training, school staff in North Ayrshire and elsewhere can better assist over 800 children who are newly diagnosed each year, and up to 7,000 children and young people with active epilepsy, and believes that National Epilepsy Week, from 18 to 24 May 2014, offers an ideal opportunity to transform public perceptions.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin 20 May 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Business Bulletin 20 May 2014