Mental health conditions are much more common in those with epilepsy than within the general population. The rate of suicide is 20% higher and for reasons that are not all clear (neurological, physical, social, environmental, pharmaceutical, other psychiatric conditions); the rates of anxiety and depression are particularly high, with 30% of people with epilepsy experiencing a mental health issue at any one time. Indeed, the loved ones, carers and friends of those with epilepsy are also more likely to experience mental health issues.
There aren’t yet enough but there are some organisations giving many of us a person to speak to should we have the need.
Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. They won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.