SUDEP Action Day
Observed on the third Wednesday in October annually, SUDEP Action Day is a holiday that attempts to raise the public’s awareness about sudden unexpected death in epilepsy — or SUDEP. When a person with epilepsy dies suddenly and prematurely with no other cause of death being found, this is known as SUDEP.
There are about 50 million people in the world that have epilepsy and about 1%, or half a million of them, will die from SUDEP. And that’s why attention needs to be raised about this condition. Not only to let people know of the risk but to help coordinate epilepsy organizations in finding more about SUDEP and what can be done to prevent it.
The History Of SUDEP Action Day
This holiday was first created in 2014 as SUDEP Awareness Day by SUDEP Action and shined a light on the largest cause of death for people with epilepsy.
It also encouraged people to learn more about this condition, and for organizations to increase research around SUDEP. In 2017, the name of this holiday was changed from SUDEP Awareness Day to SUDEP Action Day. It’s been known by this name ever since.
Ways To Reduce SUDEP Risk
Below are some of the things that people with epilepsy can do to reduce their risk of SUDEP. We found the following tips during our extensive research on SUDEP Action Day and would like to now share these facts with everyone.
- Since SUDEP is linked to seizures, one of the best ways of lowering risk is by reducing the number of seizures.
- People suffering from epilepsy should make sure to take their medication and speak to their doctor before making any medicine changes.
- People with epilepsy should make sure to get regular checkups and discuss any lifestyle changes with their doctor.
- If the frequency or intensity of seizures has changed, patients should speak with their doctor immediately.
- If medication doesn’t work to control seizures, then patients should talk to their doctors about other options that might exist for treating their condition.
Observing SUDEP Action Day
Everyone everywhere can observe this holiday. They can start by changing their Twitter or Facebook cover to raise awareness about SUDEP and to support SUDEP Action Day. They can also use the hashtag #TalkSUDEPNow to spread the word about this condition and the steps for reducing its risk.
People with epilepsy can take the time to speak with their health professionals about their risks of SUDEP and what they can do to lower their risks. And people can visit Sudeactionday.org to learn more about this condition and to find helpful resources.