SUDEP Action held the first national Prevent21 Summit last weekend (2-3 November 2018), to tackle urgent issue of rising epilepsy deaths.
Over 70 representatives across health, political, educational and allied epilepsy organisations, gathered for the two-day event at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
21 people die every week in the UK from an epilepsy related death and reports show that 42% of these deaths are potentially avoidable with things such as improved access to services and information, and better risk management.
The Prevent21 Summit enabled key UK influencers and policy-makers to meet, discuss and find ways of collaboration to help prevent this needless loss of life. Poignantly highlighted by the bereaved supporter community of SUDEP Action, emphasised the devastation and crucial need for urgent action.
The aims of the 2018 Prevent21 Summit were to:
- Highlight learnings on need, gaps and progress in relation to epilepsy deaths
- Explore key recommendations from panels and summit participants
- Provide opportunities for multi-stakeholder collaboration to tackle epilepsy deaths
In attendance, we had a wide spectrum of clinicians, policy makers, epilepsy organisations and medical professionals.
Supported politically by MPs from across parties, including Ed Vaizey MP, Norman Lamb MP, Paula Sheriff MP and Ivan Lewis MP. Here is the address from Norman Lamb MP...
Ahead of the Summit event, BBC South featured a report with our CEO, Jane Hanna OBE, on the importance of discussing epilepy risks and regular health checks.
Our Summary Report shows the outcomes and recommendations from the Summit. This report is endorsed by the All Party Group for Epilepsy and the Neurological Alliance.
The findings from the Summit will also be published in a special supplement in the Journal 'Epilepsy and Behaviour', following the event.
Further updates on the progress of the outcomes, and videos, will be released in due course.
For now, you can view the picture gallery here.
What can supporters do to help?
The voices of the bereaved community are vital at events like the Summit. If you would like to be part of those voices, why not get involved with our 1000voices project?
Every epilepsy death does count, so please add your voice and help us to be heard.
2. Share your story
My Story - is an important and powerful way for you to join our campaign. We are very experienced in supporting those who wish to share their stories and who find it helpful to know that they are part of the collective ‘voice. Personal stories help to bond and encourage those that are bereaved. It’s also a wonderful way to celebrate the life of a loved one.
Stories can be shared on our website, social media, newsletters and on a more global scale, via SUDEP Global Conversation.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on how you could be involved.