Migraine Awareness Week

Each September we use this week to raise general awareness of migraine as a serious public health issue and to reduce stigma

While there is an increasing awareness of migraine and understanding of what it is, not many would disagree that we are no where near the level of awareness and understanding that we need to reach. And we do need to reach it because lack of awareness and understanding of migraine seriously impacts our lives, with too many people not fully realising what it is like to live with this condition.

That’s why it is so crucial for us to maximize the opportunity that Migraine Awareness Week gives us. Running from 1-7 September this year, it is a moment in the year when everyone affected by migraine and everyone working to help those affected work together to raise the profile of migraine as a complex neurological condition and dispel any ideas that it is ‘just a headache’.

We have two focuses for this year’s Migraine Awareness Week.

Meet-up for Migraine Awareness Week

The first focus is tackling the isolation that migraine can often lead to and encouraging people with migraine to talk to their friends and family about it. It has been wonderful that so many people have held Meetups since they launched. We love seeing the pictures from your Meet-ups and hearing about them, particularly how they have helped you talk about migraine. Many of you have also used them as an opportunity to thank your friends and family for supporting you with your migraine.

Get involved – raise awareness of migraine by organising a Meet-up for Migraine Awareness Week!

  • We have a range of resources to help you organize it, including a Meet-up pack with tips to keep you organised, baking tips, a quiz, cake flags, bunting and a menu poster.
  • You can then raise awareness of migraine beyond your friends and family by sharing pictures of your Meet-up on social media with the hashtag #MeetUp4Migraine – and #MAW2019 to mark the week.
  • Get in contact with Sean at skendall@migrainetrust.org or 0203 9510 150 to find out more about our Meet-ups and request a pack.

Mindful of migraine workplaces

The second focus builds on last year’s workplace activity. The aim of this is to create workplaces that are ‘Mindful of Migraine’. By mindful of migraine we mean for employers to be aware of the high numbers of people who get migraine and that it is a complex, varied, and often debilitating neurological condition. We would then like employers to make reasonable adjustments once they become aware that they have an employee who gets migraine.

This is quite a simple message and one that all employers should integrate into their management of those working for them. It is also a win-win situation as mindful of migraine workplaces help employees who have migraine work better, which is good for them and the organisation.

We are delighted to be working with a significant partner organisation this year, one that employs ten of thousands of people from across the UK. They are working with us on a campaign to increase understanding amongst its employees of what migraine is and how it can be managed at work. We will be announcing who the partner is in the run up to Migraine Awareness Week!

Get involved – work with us on raising awareness of migraine in your workplace!

Despite potentially reaching large numbers of people through this campaign, there is still far too many people working in environments that aren’t mindful of migraine. If you would like to help change that, please get in contact with us to talk about how we could work with your organisation on becoming mindful of migraine.

  • Get in contact with Una at ufarrell@migrainetrust.org or 0203 9510 150 to find out more about our workplace programme.