Sessions help dispel myths around epilepsy

Jacqui Gettings who is holding awareness sessions on epilepsy.
Jacqui Gettings who is holding awareness sessions on epilepsy.

A charity is helping to raise awareness of epilepsy by holding sessions to dispel the myths.

The Epilepsy Outlook group in Hartlepool began holding the events when it moved into its new headquarters in Park Road late last year.

I am trying to get as many people as possible involved and I want to dispel the myths. People don’t talk about epilepsy because they don’t know about it. I want to raise awareness of the condition

Jacqui Gettings, operations manager at Epilepsy Outlook

They have now become so popular, they are sometimes held twice a month to cope with demand.

Epilepsy Outlook operations manager Jacqui Gettings said: “They are free and they are really popular and it is not just for people in social work. It is for the general public.

“I am trying to get as many people as possible involved and I want to dispel the myths.

“People don’t talk about epilepsy because they don’t know about it. I want to raise awareness of the condition.

“There is a lot of information on the internet but there is too much for people to disseminate. These sessions are there for people to ask questions.”

Jacqui leads the awareness sessions herself. The next is on Tuesday, September 22, from 10am to 12.30pm.

It includes first aid training, a chance to watch an informative DVD, information about epilepsy, and a discussion on how it can affect the whole family.

People wanting to take part must book in advance by phoning (01429) 297007 or by calling in to the Epilepsy Outlook offices in Park Road in Hartlepool.