June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month (MHAM) — a time to raise awareness about Migraine and other headache disorders and work toward reducing the social stigma associated with them. Each year, the National Headache Foundation sets a theme for MHAM. This year’s theme is “The Art of Migraine and Headache Management,” meant to recognize how personalized Migraine and headache treatment is.
This month, the hope is that everyone impacted by Migraine and other headache disorders (patients, family members, friends, co-workers, etc.) will participate in awareness events as much as they’re able. The debilitating nature of Migraine, cluster headaches, and other headache disorders limits the level of participation for many, so activities have been designed to permit participation at varying levels.
Here are some of the MHAM activities:
1. Migraine and Headache Awareness Month Blogging and Social Media Challenge:
Fellow HealthCentral contributor Tammy Rome and I have set daily “prompts” for anyone who wants to participate in raising Migraine and headache awareness through social media, includingblogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Every day this month, we’ll have a new blog post on Migraine.Ninja that will provide a statement about Migraine and headache management. Bloggers are asked to write on that statement, and others are asked to Tweet the statement or post it to Facebook and other social media outlets. We realize that many people simply aren’t up to participating in this event every day, and that’s fine. Please don’t let that stop you from participating on the days when you’re able. This is the fifth year for this event, and I hope many of you will join us. Please check www.Migraine.Ninja for each day’s prompt.
2. Move Against Migraine Facebook profile photo frame:
The American Migraine Foundation has set up a profile picture frame that you can very easily add to your Facebook profile pic with just a click of your mouse. It’s simple, and you can specify how long you want it to stay on your page. You can find a post with that link on the American Migraine Foundation’s Facebook page.
3. Move Against Migraine Day of Action: For this one, I’m going to give you information directly from the American Migraine Foundation:
“Please join us on June 8, 2017, for the first ever Move Against Migraine day of action! We are mobilizing people across the country to come together and show their support for the millions of Americans living with Migraine by joining the Move Against Migraine Thunderclap. Thunderclap is a crowdspeaking platform that mass-shares a single message on social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr) at the same date and time. The result is a unified rallying cry that amplifies the voice of the migraine community.”
To participate in this event, please visit the Move Against Migraine Day of Action announcement.
4. Show Purple | Show Support:
The National Headache Foundation’s focus is to help make Migraine and other headache disorders more visible, to educate others about them, and reduce the social stigma associated with them. Check out their Show Purple | Show Support page for more information.
5. Shades for Migraine World Migraine Solidarity Day:
This is a new campaign asking everyone to wear a pair of sunglasses all day on June 21, the longest day of the year, to show solidarity for those who live with Migraine disease. The sunglasses just need to be visible. The more unusual the better to start a conversation. For more information, check out Shades for Migraine.
This is just a sampling of Migraine and Headache Awareness Month activities. Others will pop up over the month, and you may have some great ideas for activities. Of course, we really need to work to raise awareness all the time, not just during MHAM, but I hope you’ll find ways to participate this month. Not only is it helpful for awareness, but it can give us a tremendous feeling of empowerment.