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Purple Day 2024

  • Submitted by: Jackie Dunbar, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 05 March 2024
  • Motion reference: S6M-12382

That the Parliament notes that 26 March marks Epilepsy Awareness Day, better known as Purple Day; understands that epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions in the world, with more than 58,000 people in Scotland currently living with the condition; considers that people with epilepsy are more likely to develop mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety as a result of the condition; understands that, while children and older people are more likely to develop the condition, anyone can develop epilepsy at any time in their life, irrespective of their age, gender or background, with every individual’s epilepsy being different; further understands that epilepsy is defined as the tendency to have repeated seizures, which start in the brain; understands that a seizure can be a one-off occurrence triggered by extreme events, such as sustaining a serious head injury, and it is estimated that one in 20 people will have a one-off seizure during their lifetime; notes that Epilepsy Scotland takes the opportunity each Purple Day to encourage people to talk about epilepsy and to try and dispel myths and stigma attached to the condition, and recognises that landmarks such as Marischal College, in Aberdeen, will be lit purple to mark the day. 

Supported by: Karen Adam, Clare Adamson, Alasdair Allan, Jackie Baillie, Jeremy Balfour, Colin Beattie, Miles Briggs, Ariane Burgess, Alexander Burnett, Stephanie Callaghan, Maggie Chapman, Foysol Choudhury, Bob Doris, Sharon Dowey, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Annabelle Ewing, Kenneth Gibson, Pam Gosal, Emma Harper, Clare Haughey, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Mackay, Rona Mackay, John Mason, Liam McArthur, Ivan McKee, Stuart McMillan, Marie McNair, Audrey Nicoll, Mark Ruskell, Colin Smyth, Alexander Stewart, Kevin Stewart, Paul Sweeney, Michelle Thomson, David Torrance, Sue Webber, Annie Wells, Tess White, Martin Whitfield, Elena Whitham, Brian Whittle