June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month (MHAM), and it’s nearly upon us. This year’s theme is, “Inspiring Hope,” which is a truly appropriate theme for all of us living with migraine and other headache disorders.
There are many reasons for observing Migraine and Headache Awarest Month, including:
- Raising public awareness of these mostly invisible illnesses.
- Helping reduce the stigma associated with them, stigma that increases the burden of living with them.
- Recommitting ourselves to learning about our migraines or headaches.
- Recommitting ourselves to reaching out for support and for giving much needed support to others.
- Reminding ourselves and others that there is hope.
- Getting ourselves and others into a regular routine of raising awareness all year.
There will be various activities during MHAM, activities that everyone who’s able to read this can participate in. It doesn’t have to involve going anywhere or a huge commitment of time.
- For those who blog, there will be an Awareness Month Blogging Challenge from the American Headache and Migraine Association (AHMA). Daily prompts will be posted on the AHMA blog with a topic related to hope for participants to blog on that day. It would be great to see bloggers post every day of MHAM, but that’s not necessary to participate.
- For those who use Twitter, there will be daily Tweets with the hashtag #MHAM that you can retweet, or come up with your own.
- There will be special Awareness Month articles on various Internet sites. We can all help by sharing them with our friends via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
For more information throughout Migraine and Headache Awareness Month:
- Check back here on HealthCentral.
- Go to the MHAM Facebook event page.
- Visit the MHAM page on the American Headache and Migraine Association’s blog.
We live with our migraines, cluster headaches, and other headache disorders all year. This month, let’s stand together to promote lasting awareness. If we all work together, we can make a huge difference.
_Please join us for the 2015 AHMA Patient Conference on June 21, 2015. _
Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.