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
Migraine is the third most common disease in the world, with an estimated global prevalence of one in seven people.
Despite being recognised as one of the most disabling lifetime conditions, awareness and understanding is low.
Migraine Awareness Week, beginning on the first Sunday in September, aims to raise awareness of the condition, highlight its impact and our vital work to support the millions of people affected.
Migraine Awareness Week 3-9 September 2017
We need your help to raise awareness of migraine, so here are some ideas of how you can get involved
Spread the word
What better time than Migraine Awareness Week to talk about migraine? Together, let’s challenge the stigma and misunderstanding of this often invisible and isolating condition.
- Join in with our #letsbeatmigraine social media campaign. Learn more here >
- Follow The Migraine Trust’s activity on Facebook and Twitter and share our posts using hashtag #migraineawarenessweek. You can download our Migraine Awareness Week graphic below and use it for your profile picture.
- Visit our YouTube channel and share one of our videos via social media to help get people talking and thinking about migraine.
- Check out these facts and figures about migraine and share those you’re most surprised by.
- Challenge your friends to take our migraine quiz.
- Talk to friends and family: Do they know you have migraine? What do they know about it? How can they support you? Do they have migraine too?
- If you know someone who has migraine, or suspects they do, let them know about The Migraine Trust charity and our evidence-based information that they can access via our website, support services or by attending one of our regional events.
What a busy week! Migraine Awareness Week coverage has included BBC Breakfast, BBC News, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Scotland/London/Manchester/West Midlands/Devon/Kent/Gloucestershire/Shropshire/Lincolnshire, Huffington Post, Mirror and Daily Express among others.
Share your story
We need case studies and stories from people who live with migraine. Share your story here >
Can you use Migraine Awareness Week as an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of migraine at your place of work? Perhaps you can organise a fundraising event or you can print our poster here >
Make a donation
As a charity we rely on donations to continue our work. The more support we receive, the more we will be able to work on your behalf; improving awareness, raising the profile of migraine, reducing stigma and misunderstanding, funding research and supporting those in need of help or information. Please help us by making a donation here. Or text ‘MIGR17 £10’ to 70070 to donate £10 now.
Take on a challenge
Become a Migraine Trust fundraiser by taking on your choice of challenge event or organise your own community fundraising activity. You will be joining Emily who will cycle 969 miles over 9 days and Amanda who will take part in the Great North Run for us this September.
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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.