Give up for migraine

How friends and family of people with migraine can show their support and raise funds for the migraine community by supporting the #GiveUpForMigraine campaign

Migraine is not only hard for people who have the condition, but hard for their family and friends too. It is hard to see someone that you care about suffer. Many feel helpless and ask “is there anything I can do to help?”

We have launched a campaign that gives the friends and family of people with migraine a chance to support and show them solidarity.

What is the #GiveUpForMigraine campaign about?

Many people with migraine believe their migraine is triggered by certain things e.g. alcohol or hormones. Everyone’s experience is different, and some things may be due to the migraine itself rather than a separate trigger. However, many people with migraine avoid certain things to try and help their migraine.

It is often things that they like doing.

Our campaign asks the friends and family of people with migraine to give up something they like doing for a month and to donate the money they save to The Migraine Trust.

This will not only give them an insight into a key part of what living with migraine is like, as well as show solidarity with and support for their friend or family member, and the migraine community.

How people can take part in four easy steps?

1. Pledge

Decide to give up something for a month

2. Tell us

Sign up here and let us know what you are pledging to give up and we’ll add it to our Pledge Wall

3. Tell everyone

Tell people on social media why you are taking part in the #GiveUpForMigraine campaign and encourage them to do the same

Whether you are taking part in the #GiveUpForMigraine campaign for your friend or family member, we have a range of graphics to help you spread the word! They are like this one and you can download them here

4. Donate what you save

You can donate what you save to the campaign here or get your friends and family to sponsor you by setting up your JustGiving page here

All about migraine triggers

Want to learn more about migraine triggers?

From what triggers are to how you can identify them, find out about migraine triggers here

Gemma Jolly, our Information and Support Services Manager, has written a blog about distinguishing what is and isn’t a migraine trigger here

Want to understand what it’s like to manage your migraine triggers?

From limiting chocolate and exercise to giving up alcohol, Nick, Varsha, Donna and Gary share their experience of managing their migraine triggers here

Want to share your experience of migraine triggers?

Tell us about your experience in our migraine trigger poll here

Make sure that you don’t identify something as a trigger which isn’t!

Identifying a trigger is not always easy. Sometimes triggers can be wrongly identified. For example, at the beginning of an attack (the premonitory phase before the pain has begun), you may experience a craving for sweet things. If you eat some chocolate to satisfy this craving, and then get a headache, you may identify chocolate as one of your triggers. In fact, you were starting to get a migraine before you ate the chocolate.

One of the best ways of identifying triggers is to keep a detailed diary of your activity, food and drink consumed, changes to your mood and body, and external factors such as the weather and room temperature. That will help you spot patterns of things that trigger migraine attacks.