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Brain Awareness Week 2013

Participants at event

'We are the Missing Million'

To mark Brain Awareness Week 2013 we held our annual event in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 12th March. This years event was called “We are the missing million” and was sponsored by Mary Fee, MSP West Scotland. Member organisations of the Neurological Alliance of Scotland joined forces and brought together people living with different neurological conditions in Scotland to talk to MSPs, share their experiences and to ask them to recognise the missing million.

The event had a drop-in ‘market place’ format with a display of posters, each highlighting a different neurological condition and how that condition affects one person. That person was present to talk to guests about why greater awareness of the “missing million” people with neurological conditions is needed. Fourteen of our member organisations took part in this lively and interactive evening and the event was a resounding success with sixteen Cross Party MSPs attending to hear and speak to people about their experiences.

MSPs were asked to get loud about improving the support and services their local constituents living with a neurological condition receive. There remains a postcode lottery in Scotland and services are better for some conditions than others. Living with the symptoms of a neurological condition is hard enough, and often these are stigmatised, misunderstood, or minimised. In the changing climate of Welfare reform the risk of people with neurological conditions going without vital benefits, leading to financial problems and social isolation is a growing risk and an area of huge concern.

We are delighted that so many of our member organisations participated in this year event and look forward to continuing to collaborate to keep the needs of people affected by neurological conditions high on the agenda.


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