Today begins Migraine Awareness week in the UK. From September 2-8, migraine patients and specialists all around England and Ireland are making their best effort to help more people understand about migraine attack causes, symptoms that occur with migraines, and the various treatments that are available to help prevent migraines. Here are a few things that you can do to help to raise migraine awareness.
Go to events
Many migraine advocacy groups hold scheduled events in areas all over the US and the UK. Stay updated on migraine group meet-ups and lectures by liking them on Facebook. If they don’t currently sponsor one in your area, don’t be shy…ask them when they plan to schedule your city onto their itinerary.
Better than attending migraine awareness events is volunteering to help out when one comes to your area. You can help by handing out flyers, answering questions about migraines, or collecting money for fundraisers.
Set an example
Every day brings an opportunity to increase awareness of migraines as a neurological disorder. Don’t be shy about (politely) answering questions from friends, coworkers, or even strangers about migraines. The only way to break negative stereotypes or stigmas that people often associate with migraines is to keep the lines of communication open.
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Social media is one of the quickest, easiest, economical, and most efficient ways to spread migraine awareness. Get more involved by becoming active on Facebook, Twitter, or any number of similar social media sites.
Even a small donation will go far towards funding your favorite migraine awareness campaign. Your charitable donation is tax-deductible, too.
Don’t have money to spend? Set up a fundraiser in your community, will all proceeds going towards your favorite migraine awareness campaign. Encourage friends, neighbors, teachers, and relatives to help you spread the word.
Great migraine sites
Don’t know who to like? Check out these great migraine advocacy sites and blogs for more information on migraine awareness involvement.
- The Migraine Trust (UK)
- Help for Headaches & Migraine
- Migraine Research Foundation
- Migraine Action (UK)
- National Headache Foundation
- Somebody Heal Me
- Healing Well
- The Migraine Project
- American Headache Society
- National Migraine Centre (UK)
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