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A group of children who took part in the football camp

Young Epilepsy and Jay Bothroyd's Premier Football Experience

Inspired by the story of Cash, who faced exclusion from a football camp due to his epilepsy, former premiership footballer, Jay Bothroyd, joined us for a day of football skills and coaching at a fun football session in the Easter holidays.

Petition launched for mental health support in epilepsy care

Epilepsy is not a mental health condition, yet children and young people with epilepsy are four times more likely to develop mental health problems than their peers. To help address the situation, Young Epilepsy has now launched a petition to call on healthcare leaders across the UK to ensure that every child with epilepsy is offered mental health screening and support as an integrated part of their paediatric epilepsy care.

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Press Release - Young Epilepsy Introduces MEG

National charity, Young Epilepsy is set to revolutionise the diagnostic experience for children with the condition by introducing the world’s first clinical wearable MEG (Magnetoencephalography) brain scanning system to its Health and Research Centre in Surrey. Following an exciting collaboration with experienced MEG researchers, clinicians and engineers from around the world, the team have created a wearable optically pumped magnetometer magnetoencephalography (OPM-MEG) system. The charity has placed this innovative technology, which is integrated into a magnetically shielded room, at the centre of its new diagnostic suite.

Young Epilepsy research shows lack of school support for children with epilepsy

A Young Epilepsy research study has found that many children with epilepsy are not getting the support they need at school. More than half of the children reported that some of their teachers and friends did not know that they had epilepsy. Parents have highlighted that school staff should be informed about the impact of epilepsy on learning and behaviour, in order to provide holistic support.

Children with epilepsy are missing out on vital support

Children and young people with epilepsy need better access to mental health support services, with only 15% of Health Boards and Trusts currently able to integrate mental health provision within their epilepsy clinics, according to the latest Epilepsy12 report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).