June 7 - 13 is National Headache Awareness Week (NHAW) this year. A host of educational events and programs are happening around the country throughout National Headache Awareness Week, which is sponsored by the National Headache Foundation (NHF). NHAW is meant to educate people about headache and Migraine causes, impact and help.
Each year, 90% of all men and 95% of all women have at least one headache or Migraine. Despite many people having frequent and sometimes severe headaches and Migraines that affect their family, social and work life, most do not actively seek relief from their condition . Experts say the complacency is puzzling because relief is available, but begins with an understanding that headaches and Migraines are very personal. Four simple strategies can get sufferers on the right course to relief:
• Realize that headaches matter, and take your headaches seriously;
• Learn all you can – be a student of your own headaches;
• Pay more attention to your personal headache patterns – track your headaches, and try to find clues to triggers and solutions;
• Take control and get the help and care you deserve: many resources are available.
Suzanne Simons, Executive Director of the NHF told me,
“This year, the theme of National Headache Awareness Week, really points to the personal nature of headaches and empowering people with headache to be more proactive in their care. The Chart Your Course to Relief tool is unlike any other available. By answering the questions, people with headache will receive resources based on their answers and specific needs. This interactive tool will engage visitors to check back often to see what is new.”
“In May, the National Headache Foundation launched the Migraine Million campaign. Our goal is to have one million of the nearly 30 million people with migraine give $1 each. This money will be used to further migraine education and research. People with migraine are encouraged to visit www.headaches.org/Migraine_Million_campaign to make a contribution to this campaign which we hope will go viral and help us reach our goal.”