Migraine and Headache Awareness Month (MHAM) was in June, but the need to raise awareness never ends. Lack of awareness in the general public results in:
- the perpetuation of myths and misconceptions about Migraine, Cluster Headaches, and other Headache disorders
- the continuation of the social stigma associated with Headache disorders
- discomfort and reduced quality of life for people who have Headache disorders
Since you're reading this, it's a given that you spend some time online. Social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter are magnificent ways to share information and raise awareness! They're easy to use, and quite a bit can be accomplished with minimal effort. That makes them great tools for those of us whose time and energy are limited by chronic Headache disorders.
One easy way to keep track of awareness and advocacy opportunities is to keep an eye on my Facebook page. I'm constantly posting links to educational articles about Migraine and other Headache disorders, Migraine and Headache treatments, and events such as Headache on the Hill and Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. Simply sharing these links on your Facebook page is a quick and simple way to help raise awareness.
If you're looking for the most recent information about Migraine and other Headache disorders and their treatments as well as support and advocacy and awareness info, check out our HealthCentral Migraine Management group on Facebook.
A don't-miss source of information and support is the American Migraine Foundation's Move Against Migraine campaign. You can check it out on the American Migraine Foundation web site or through the widget below.
There are many ways to raise awareness year-round. I've barely scratched the surface here. If you have ways to raise awareness that you'd like to share, please leave a comment, and tell us about them.
because a migraine is NOT "just a headache"
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