International Epilepsy Day is a special event which promotes awareness of epilepsy in more than 120 countries each year. Every year on the second Monday of February people join together to celebrate and highlight the problems faced by people with epilepsy, their families and carers.

This is a day for everyone, no matter where you are, no matter how small your group or large your area, no matter whether you focus on the medical or the social aspects of the disease. We want you to help us celebrate International Epilepsy Day! Let’s speak with one global voice.

The Day is a joint initiative by the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE) and the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE). Epilepsy New Zealand is a member of IBE.

How to Get Involved

Creating Artistic Waves

To celebrate International Epilepsy Day 2017, we are delighted to announce an international art competition for all ages with the theme ‘Putting Epilepsy in the Picture’.
There will be two categories – under 12 years of age and over 12 years of age and the competition is open to everyone!

  • All entries will be placed in a gallery on the International Epilepsy Day website.

  • The competition prize fund is US$2,000, as follows:
  • Under 12-years
    • • 1st Prize of US$500
    • • 2 runners up prizes of US$250 each
  • Over 12 years
    • • 1st Prize of US$500
    • • 2 runners up prizes of US$250 each
  • To enter download the entry form below, complete and return to by December 31 2016.

Download Rules

Download Entry Form

IBE Traveller’s Handbook

Download this very useful booklet for anyone undertaking a trip. Containing general advice for travellers on accommodation, insurance, driving and getting around.

Send Us Your #EpilepsyDay Selfies

Show the world how you celebrate #EpilepsyDay! Post your pictures of Epilepsy New Zealands facebook page..

Download Epilepsy Day Poster 2017

Download Facebook Badge

Download Selfie Poster

Attend an #EpilepsyDay Event

Attend one of the many #EpilepsyDayEvents happening around the globe!

Campi the International Epilepsy Day mascot

Join Campi, the International Epilepsy Day mascot, by sharing your selfie on #EpilepsyDay - Monday, February 12th 2018 and help to put epilepsy in the picture! 

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