Epilepsy Awareness Month

It’s Epilepsy Awareness Month and this year’s theme is to Aim for Zero

Each year, more people die from epilepsy (50,000) than die from breast cancer (40,000). Your Epilepsy Foundation of Northern CA is dedicated to providing information, resources and support to the over 180,000 Northern Californians living with epilepsy.


What You Can Do

Aim for zero sudden deaths from epilepsy and seizures by taking action to understand risks and strive to stop seizures:

 5 Important Lifestyle Behaviors 

 Take medication as prescribed 

 Get enough sleep

 Limit alcohol and illicit substances

 Talk about your risks for seizures and SUDEP with your healthcare team

 Strive to stop seizures


What You Can Do for You

Regardless of a person’s current level of seizure control, there are many proactive steps people with epilepsy can take once they have committed to exploring all options to stop seizures.

Learn About Seizures And SUDEP  People say “knowledge is power” because it is true. Make sure you understand how serious seizures are, what type of seizures you have, what SUDEP is, and how to manage your seizures so you can be an effective member of your own health care team.

Track your seizures and identify seizure triggers. Tools like the Epilepsy Foundation My Seizure Diary can help. Then take steps or make lifestyle changes to avoid them. Find information about managing seizure triggers and epilepsy self management programs.


What We Can Do for You

 Find an Epilepsy Center

 Get Support: from a support group or one-on-one with a mentor

 Find an Epilepsy Specialist

 Use Our Guides and Tools

 Use our Links + Resources Page


How YOU can help US


How You Can Spread Awareness

Share a Fact

  • 65 MILLION: Number of people around the world who have epilepsy.
  • 3.4 MILLION: Number of people in the United States who have epilepsy.
  • 1 IN 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime.
  • BETWEEN 4 AND 10 OUT OF 1,000: Number of people on earth who live with active seizures at any one time.
  • 150,000: Number of new cases of epilepsy in the United States each year
  • ONE-THIRD: Number of people with epilepsy who live with uncontrollable seizures because no available treatment works for them.
  • 6 OUT OF 10: Number of people with epilepsy where the cause is unknown.

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To learn more about us, check out our mission and see where we serve. To learn more about epilepsy, read more about what epilepsy is.