Migraine Awareness Week
Every year in September we use this week to raise general awareness of migraine as a serious public health issue and to reduce stigma
We mark Migraine Awareness Week each year to highlight the facts about migraine and reduce stigma. The week begins on the first Sunday in September.
Migraine affects 1 in 7 people, that’s over eight million people in the United Kingdom alone, making it more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined. The World Health Organisation recognises migraine as one of the most disabling lifetime conditions yet awareness and understanding is low.
Migraine is a complex neurological disorder with no known cause or cure. Unfortunately many people will suffer from migraine for years throughout their life negatively impacting upon their work, family and social lives.
Migraine Awareness Week will next take place from 3 – 9 September 2017
Migraine Awareness Week 2016
Thank you to everyone that got involved and helped raise the profile of migraine from 4 – 10 September 2016.
Mass shout out on social media
Our HeadTalker campaign on Tuesday 6 September had 339 supporters with a combined social reach of 1,088,274 across Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and LinkedIn – that’s a big shout out on social media!
Employment Q&A on Twitter
On Wednesday 7 September our Advocacy Service answered your questions about migraine and employment on Twitter over lunchtime. If you missed it, you can see the questions and answers on Storify >
Press and PR coverage
- BBC Good Food interviewed our trustee Professor Peter Goadsby for How does food affect migraines? 1 September 2016 >
- The Chrissy B Show interviewed our media volunteer Katie Campbell for Help! My head is killing me! – Migraine Awareness Show on 4 September 2016 >
- The Migraine Trust was also mentioned in the Daily Mail, the Belfast Telegraph, and the Sunday Post (Scotland) among others.
We need your help to raise awareness of migraine, so here are some ideas of how you can get involved:
Share your story
We need case studies and stories from people who live with migraine. Share your story here >
Display a poster
Can you use Migraine Awareness Week as an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of migraine at your place of work? Perhaps you can display a poster or organise a fundraising event.
Share our videos
Visit our YouTube channel and share one of our videos via social media.
Make a donation
You probably already know we are a charity, and we really do need donations from people like you to be able to produce and distribute posters, organise events and continue supporting people with migraine. Please support us here >
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