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

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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.

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 Awareness Week will run from 4-10 September in 2016


Get involved

We need your help to raise awareness of migraine, so here are some ideas of how you can get involved:

Help us shout out on social media

On Tuesday 6 September we would like as many people as possible to share a message on social media. We are using a crowdspeaking platform called HeadTalker to do this. Support our HeadTalker campaign now >

HeadTalker allows a group of people to share a single message at one time, simultaneously. You can choose to support our campaign using one or more of Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or LinkedIn. If enough people support the campaign, a short message will be posted on your behalf at 1pm on Tuesday 6 September to the social media outlet you chose.

Share your story

We need case studies and stories from people who live with migraine. Share your story here >

Display a poster

Print or request our poster here. During Migraine Awareness Week 2016 we’d like to see where you’ve displayed our poster – so take a photo and share it on Facebook or Twitter using #migraineawareness or #MAW16 (don’t forget to tag The Migraine Trust so we can see your post).

Join our Twitter Q&A

On Wednesday 7 September we’ll be answering your migraine and employment questions during an hour-long Twitter Q&A session >

Employment awareness

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.

Keep informed

In the footer section of this webpage you can subscribe to our ebulletin, follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook.

Spread the word

#migraineawarenessweek  #MAW16