MORE than 1,000 people with epilepsy in East Lothian have been encouraged to make their voices heard.

A new national survey has been launched by Epilepsy Scotland, which is keen to understand the effect the condition can have on mental health.

Epilepsy is a common condition that affects the brain and causes frequent seizures.

Seizures are bursts of electrical activity in the brain that temporarily affect how it works.

The new national survey looks to understand the experiences of people of all ages living with epilepsy across Scotland and seeks to identify which specific support measures should be highlighted.

Paul McLennan, East Lothian’s MSP, and Craig Hoy, South Scotland MSP, encouraged people to share their views.

Mr McLennan said: “I would encourage all my constituents and people across Scotland with epilepsy to make their voices heard through this vital survey.”

Mr Hoy added: “In East Lothian, there are estimated to be around 1,130 people living with epilepsy, which can have a significant impact on their day-to-day life and on mental wellbeing.

“People living with epilepsy are more likely to develop mental health conditions including anxiety and depression as a result of the condition.”

To complete the survey, go to