Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health
Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance
In Ontario, over 90,000 people live with epilepsy. Seizures are invisible and unpredictable. They affect everyone differently and can impact every part of a person’s life. They are hard to control and even harder to live with.
Many people with epilepsy struggle with depression, job loss, difficulties in school, and social isolation; most have made unnecessary trips to the Emergency Room because of fear and uncertainty. Seizure education and outreach services are critical to the effective treatment and management of epilepsy in this Province. Early understanding and education programs are urgently needed to help people with epilepsy manage their own health.
Community Epilepsy Agencies across Ontario provide epilepsy education, health-coaching, and on-going support to people living with epilepsy and their families. They see the fear after the first seizure and answer the wide variety of questions that newly diagnosed people have. They understand the challenges seizures can cause over a person’s entire life, and how to provide the support they need, in the community.