Epilepsy is a brain disorder that produces abnormal bursts of electrical activity in the brain. If uncontrolled, it results in recurrent seizures that vary in frequency, form and duration.
Today, March 26 is Purple Day observed globally as an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about epilepsy worldwide. Canada is the only country in the world that officially recognized March 26th as Purple Day through the Purple Day Act in 2012.
It is estimated that 65 million people in the world have epilepsy and one in 100 people are said to have some form of epilepsy. The highest number of new cases are in seniors and young children, but epilepsy can begin at any age.
If you see someone having a seizure that can be caused by epilepsy, stay around them, provide them with support they need, call for help on their behalf, reassure them. If they are alone stay with them until help arrives, or they recover completely from the seizure, help them find washroom or water, or take care of their belongings.