Due to the Stay at Home order, we are temporarily suspending our curbside pickup service until April 13.  All walk-in and office visits are canceled until further notice.

Visit this page for updates and information.

Stay Updated

We are committed to delivering our mission during the COVID-19 outbreak and will keep you up to date on our support of the epilepsy community. You will also find helpful resources and information related to the outbreak and the epilepsy community.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN) is committed to staying in contact and keeping you up to date on our response plan for COVID-19. The health and well-being of the epilepsy community is our top priority. Please use this page to stay updated with EFMN as we work on communicating important news and information to the community.

Updates:

  • Governor Walz has issued a Stay At Home order across the state of Minnesota, effective at 11:59 PM on Friday, March 27 – Friday, April 10. For more information on the Stay At Home order, click here.
  • Donated Goods are temporarily suspending our curbside pickup service and drop-off bin locations. You can schedule a pickup date after April 13th here. If you have any questions, please contact us at customerservice@efmn.org or 651.287.2300.
  • The EFMN St. Paul office will be closed until further notice, canceling all walk-in and office visits.
  • Currently, North Dakota has not issued a Stay At Home order. Governor Burgum shut down all nonessential businesses and most North Dakota Tribes have either imposed curfews or stay-at-home orders.
  • All in-person events are postponed or canceled through April.
  • The Rise Above Seizures Gala is rescheduled for Thursday, August 20, 2020.

If you have questions about any of these updates please contact us at admin@efmn.org or 1.800.779.0777. We will continue to provided updates through our website and social media accounts.


In response to the cancellation of our in-person events through the end of April, we invite you to a special Community Webinar – A virtual gathering of the epilepsy community with special guests and people impacted by epilepsy.

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Community Webinar

In response to the cancellation of our in-person events through the end of April, we invite you to a special EFMN Community Webinar – A virtual gathering of the epilepsy community with special guests and people impacted by epilepsy. We welcome those across Minnesota and eastern North Dakota to join

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Support and Information

While the office is closed, staff will work remotely and continue to offer resources and support. Information Services will continue to provide free, one-on-one support for all people affected by epilepsy during this time.

Phone

Call 651.287.2303 to speak to a staff member, Monday-Friday during business hours.

Online

Fill out the online form to request information on epilepsy.

Resource Library

Access information about treatment options, seizure recognition and response, advocacy, and general epilepsy facts.

24/7 Seizure Helpline

Call 800-332-1000 for urgent support after hours. (Español 866-748-8008)

Additionally, the Epilepsy Foundation has been updating its website on news and information. Concerns About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Epilepsy provides a helpful Q&A section regarding COVID-19 and epilepsy.

Basic protective measures against COVID-19

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 3 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

For more advice and latest information about COVID-19, visit the World Health Organization.

External Resources

Helpful Documents:

  1. Managing Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak: Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on Individuals and Communities https://www.ptsd.va.gov/covid/COVID19ManagingStress032020.pdf
  2. Managing Healthcare Workers’ Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/covid/COVID19ManagingStressHCW032020.pdf 
  3. For Providers and Community Leaders: Helping People Manage Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak https://www.ptsd.va.gov/covid/COVID19ForProviders032020.pdf  
  4. Face COVID – How to respond effectively to the Corona crisis – Download

Helpful Links:

  1. Minnesota Department of Health
  2. North Dakota Department of Health
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19  
  4. Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation:  https://www.va.gov/WHOLEHEALTH/circle-of-health/power-of-the-mind.asp 
  5. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019  

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