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National Epilepsy Awareness Week

24 May 2019

Members of Millwall's Academy were sat down on Friday morning as National Epilepsy Awareness Week came into focus at The Den.

Karl Bates, Millwall's official iFollow commentator, joined students in the Lions Centre to talk through the whys, wherefores, do's and don'ts of the condition, sharing his experiences as an epilepsy sufferer.

Anyone can develop epilepsy, at any time of life. It happens in people of all ages, races and social classes. Epilepsy is most commonly diagnosed in children and in people over 65. There are over half a million people with epilepsy in the UK, so around one in 130 people.

"Epilepsy is a surprisingly common condition," Karl told "It is something that is rarely spoken about and should be talked about more often. There's a lot of people within football, such as Leon Legge and Matt Crooks, who suffer from it and they are trying to get the word out there so people feel more confident about it.

"When people have seizures, there are very simple do's and don'ts of what to do. I've been around the country with Epilepsy Action, teaching people about the condition and trying to get the word out there. It needs to be spoken about. There are people within the workplace who do not tell others about it because they feel embarrassed.

"If you are worried, or do not feel like you can talk to family or friends, then Epilepsy Action is a very good charity to go to, but there are hundreds of places, you can easily find them. If you are too nervous, upset or stressed, you can even talk via text message or e-mail. There are plenty of ways to seek help."

For more information on National Epilepsy Awareness Week and Epilepsy Action, click here.

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