Migraine & Headache Awareness Blog Challenge 6 - Brainstorm Awareness
Today's challenge for the 2014 Migraine and Headache Awareness Blog Challenge is:
Linus Pauling said, “The best way to get a good idea, is to get lots of ideas.”
Help us brainstorm ways to create awareness locally, regionally, nationally and globally. There is no right or wrong way to do this, just give us what you’ve got!
This is one of my favorite prompts this year because what everyone comes us with can be so very valuable. Here are some of my thoughts:
- We need to start with raising awareness within our own circle - with our family, friends, coworkers, etc. I keep a letter that explains migraine disease in my bag so I can give it to anyone I'm talking with who doesn't understand migraine. The letter can be found in Migraine and Headache Education for Those Who "Don't Get It."
- There are quite a few awareness month activities going on in June that can be done all the time. They don't have to be limited to Migraine and Headache Awareness Month.
- Social media has become a true force to be reckoned with. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other forms of social media offer us great opportunities to speak out and be heard.
- Purple has been the "official" awareness color for all headache disorders for a few years now. Wearing purple has given me lots of opportunities to create awareness when people ask if there's a special reason I wear it. That was especially true when I had purple streaks in my hair.
- We need to show everyone everywhere that raising awareness can and should be done by all of us. It doesn't take a lot of time or a lot of money. There are things everyone can do. Some things take time and effort; others take almost no time and effort at all.
- Most of all, we all need to speak out. As long as we remain silent, there will be little growth and awareness and little reduction of the stigma association with migraine and other headache disorders. If we don't stand up for ourselves, we can't expect others to do it for us!
This slideshow has some other suggestions: Making Migraines Visible.
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© Teri Robert, 2014, • Last updated June 6, 2014.