Fast facts

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      Friends can increase your happiness and sense of belonging
    2. 2
      Friendships can have a major impact on your health and wellbeing. Adults with strong social support have a reduced risk of many health problems, including depression, high blood pressure and being overweight
    3. 3
      Friends can improve your self-confidence and self-worth
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      Friends can help you cope in difficult times
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      Many people find it hard to make friends or keep in touch with existing friends

    Top tips

    Resources to show your friends

    Young people say it helps to have information to show their friends about what to do if they have a seizure. Here’s some suggestions.

    First aid for epilepsy z-card available from the Epilepsy Action shop

    First aid z-card

    What to do when someone has a seizure –  A free short online course that shows first aid for all seizure types

    Online course

    Show them the first aid page on The Epilepsy Space

    Seizure first aid

    Show them the relevant page on The Epilepsy Space for your seizure types

    Seizure types

    First aid videos on YouTube

    You can show your friends these videos on YouTube

    • Tonic-clonic seizure first aid

    • What a focal seizure can look like

    Stories by you

    Read Brooke’s story about how epilepsy affected her relationships with friends and family

    Do you have an experience about friends that you’d like to share? Get in touch

    3 female friends smiling

    Making friends

    Some people with epilepsy can feel isolated and find it difficult to make friends. Here’s some ideas others have found helpful for making new friends:

    Do something

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    Updated 12 May 2020
    Review 12 May 2023
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