Service works to assist young people with the illness
Epilepsy Scotland has launched a Youth Work Impact Report outlining the impact on physical and mental health its service has had on young people.
The charity’s youth service, which started in 2003, focuses on developing confidence, improving mental health, wellbeing and works towards reducing seizure activity to prepare young people to become independent outside of the family home.
This report highlights the impact that this work has had on the young people who have used the service.
With 78% of Epilepsy Scotland’s Youth Group members saying that the support they have received has helped with their self-esteem or confidence.
Meanwhile 100% of them felt supported with feelings of anxiety and feelings of isolation and 90% would recommend Epilepsy Scotland to someone else with epilepsy.
The report also highlights the importance of having funds to continue supporting young people and their families having the tools they need to cope and improve their lives under difficult circumstances.
Kirstyn Cameron, Epilepsy Scotland’s youth work co-ordinator, said: “Our recent mental health and epilepsy survey showed how much of an impact epilepsy can have on a young person’s mental health.
“56% of young people surveyed said they live with anxiety and/or depression. Our Youth Group service aims to provide a safe space for young people to meet others and help them feel less alone, overcome low confidence, low self-esteem and improve their overall mental wellbeing.
“It has been great to hear the positive impact that the Youth Work has had on young people’s mental health and general wellbeing. We look forward to continuing to provide support for young people living with epilepsy across Scotland.”