MSP for Midlothian North Colin Beattie, joined with party leaders to put himself in the picture about epilepsy issues.
For National Epilepsy Week (May 19-25), they framed their personal support for 54,000 people living with epilepsy in Scotland, with a group photo to help highlight the ‘many faces of epilepsy’ theme.
Mr Beattie remarked: “Epilepsy is still the most common, serious neurological condition in the world but it impacts each person’s life in a unique and individual way.
“It affects men, women and children of all ages from every ethnic group and social status. The outlook is brighter for the half whose seizures are well managed with medication. The picture is less rosy for almost a fifth whose epilepsy care could be further improved while the remainder face a difficult time, as do their families and carers, due to uncontrolled seizures.
“Epilepsy Scotland believe that with the right treatment seven in 10 people with epilepsy could become seizure free. This would save the NHS money and afford an improved quality of life for thousands of families up and down the country. I want to help ensure that this happens. I am happy to be one of the many faces of epilepsy supporters in Scotland and to develop greater public awareness and understanding of epilepsy.”
Epilepsy seizures can affect anyone, at any age and from all cultures and backgrounds. To mark the week epilepsy awareness collected as many photos as possible of people with epilepsy, before exhibiting them on its website (www.epilepsysociety.org.uk), through printed material and via YouTube.