Migraine Awareness Every Day - Making Life Better
Teri Robert | Sept 20, 2016
We see lots of migraine awareness efforts in June, Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. The problem is that we get migraines all year. We also encounter the stigma associated with migraine and people who don’t understand migraine disease. This makes it vital for us to educate others and work to raise awareness all year. We can always engage in simple efforts and make every year Migraine and Headache Awareness Year, or #MHAY. Here are some ways to help.
Keep learning and be prepared to share
Education is an enormous part of awareness. People tend to dismiss or even fear what they don’t understand, so sharing information can increase awareness and decrease the social stigma associated with migraine disease. Helping family members, friends, and coworkers learn more can also strengthen our relationships and support systems.
Use social media to make migraine visible
Social media has made it easier than ever to share information and increase the visibility of important issues. One of the huge advantages of social media is that it takes the pressure off of us to keep thinking up new things to say and share. We can do a great deal by sharing on Facebook and retweeting on Twitter.
Support each other to strengthen all migraineurs
Reaching out to other people with migraine who need support and encouragement creates a circle of support and understanding that strengthens not only the person who needs support, but also those who provide it as well. When migraine is making us feel useless, it’s empowering to be able to help others. Check out our Migraine Management Group on Facebook.
Bring migraine out of the dark
Many of us are reluctant to talk about our migraines because we fear criticism, lack of understanding, and the social stigma associated with migraine disease. This is somewhat understandable, but it actually helps perpetuate the stigma. As more of us bring migraine into the light and reject the stigma, the stigma will be weakened.
Watch for migraine awareness and advocacy opportunities
There are many opportunities to participate in migraine awareness and advocacy activities. We just need to keep an eye open for them. For those who can travel to Washington, the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA) hosts an annual Headache on the Hill event. Not up to it? No worries. Email works too. Joining the American Headache and Migraine Association and watching the AHDA will help with spotting opportunities.
Adopt a positive migraine attitude
Adopting a positive migraine attitude is a two-fold plus. When we have a positive attitude, we feel better, and our treatments are more likely to be successful. Other people pick up on our attitude through what we say and through nonverbal cues. Instead of thinking that many things are impossible, adopting an “I’m possible” philosophy makes us more positive and able to raise awareness.
Wear a purple migraine awareness ribbon pin
It’s amazing how many people ask what cause awareness ribbon pins stand for. That opens many doors to conversations during which we can educate others and raise awareness. If you don’t know where to find these pins locally, you can find them many places online. Amazon has several types. Another site, Fundraisingforacause.com, has many styles that can be purchased inexpensively in bulk or singly.