Migraine Awareness Week 2023
People with migraine deserve better. Join us to call for action (24-30 September)
1 in 7 people live with migraine.
Migraine has been dismissed for too long as ‘just a headache’, despite it being a complex and debilitating neurological disorder. We know that for those living with migraine it has a significant impact on their quality of life, impacting their mental health, relationships, education and their ability to work.
We believe people with migraine deserve better and no one with migraine should have to cope alone.
During #MigraineAwarenessWeek (Sunday 24th to Saturday 30th September) help us raise awareness of what it means to live with migraine in the UK.
How you can support #MigraineAwarenessWeek
By sharing your experience, you are helping to raise awareness of migraine and helping others feel less alone.
This can involve sharing your story on our website or on our social media channels, speaking at events or talking to the media – for example your local paper or sometimes a national TV channel.
Join the conversation on social media and share your story and help us call for action, because people with migraine deserve better #MigraineAwarenessWeek
We are holding events in the UK, Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Irish Parliaments later on this year.
We want to bring together people who are impacted by migraine with parliamentarians so politicians can hear about what it is like to live with migraine, and what can be done to ensure people get the support and treatment they need to live and work.
Join one of our Migraine Awareness Walks and make each step count for this year’s Migraine Awareness Week.
If walking isn’t for you there are so many other ways to get involved this Migraine Awareness Week and help to raise awareness and vital funds to help us support everyone living with migraine.
We have some fundraising inspiration here.
We have lots of free and easy to understand downloadable information to help you learn more about migraine, its impact, and how to help yourself and other people with their migraine.
Support us during Migraine Awareness Week by downloading and sharing our poster.
During Migraine Awareness Week (Sunday 24th to Saturday 30th September) The Migraine Trust want to raise awareness of what it means to live with migraine in the UK.
1 in 7 people live with migraine and it is most common among adults of working age. It can impact working life, but this can be significantly reduced if people with migraine are supported at work.
The Migraine Trust’s recent research shows the impact of migraine in the workplace:
- an alarming 34% of people living with migraine have felt discriminated against at work
- almost half (43%) of people with migraine reported that their workplace did not believe them when they had to take sick leave due to a migraine attack
- over half of people surveyed (56%) say their workplace hasn’t made reasonable adjustments to help them manage migraine attacks at work
Information to share in newsletters and employee updates
Migraine is a severe and painful long-term health condition. If you have migraine, you will have migraine attacks, which can be a whole-body experience.
Common symptoms of an attack can include:
- head pain,
- problems with your sight such as seeing flashing lights,
- being very sensitive to light, sounds and smells,
- feeling sick and being sick.
Different people get different symptoms. When you have a migraine attack, you may not be able to function normally.
People with migraine often need very little help from their employer, but this small amount of support can enable them to work effectively with migraine.
Migraine symptoms can vary and keeping your manager informed about this can help us to understand how we can provide appropriate support and reasonable adjustments. You can download the Migraine Trusts’ ‘Managing Migraine in the Workplace’ toolkit, for suggestions on how to have these conversations at work.
This year for Migraine Awareness Week (Sunday 24th to Saturday 30th September) The Migraine Trust are raising awareness of the impact of migraine. Migraine has been dismissed for too long as ‘just a headache’, despite it being a complex and debilitating neurological disorder. For those living with migraine it has a significant impact on quality of life, impacts mental health, relationships, education and the ability to work.
How can you get involved this Migraine Awareness Week?
- If you have migraine – Share your story of how migraine impacts you at work – by sharing your experience, you will be helping to raise awareness of migraine and helping others feel less alone.
– Check out our resources on managing migraine at work, including our Migraine in the Workplace toolkit
- If you work with someone who has migraine – Take some time to find out more about migraine, it’s impact and how you can best support colleagues with migraine
- If you’re an employer – Contact us to arrange a ‘Managing Migraine in the Workplace’ information talk, and take the first step to becoming a migraine friendly workplace
- Consider becoming a corporate partner
We believe people with migraine deserve better and no one with migraine should have to cope alone, including at work. Join us to call for action this #MigraineAwarenessWeek!
Write to your local representative and help us raise awareness of what it means to live with migraine in the UK and ask them to support the 1 in 7 people in the UK living with migraine.
For Migraine Awareness Week 2022 you joined us in our campaign for better care and support for children and young people with migraine with the release of our report, Dismissed for too long: The impact of migraine on children and young people.
In 2021, we released our report, Dismissed for too long, for Migraine Awareness Week.
Our report revealed the legacy of pain and damaged lives caused by the UK’s broken migraine healthcare system – from waiting years to be diagnosed to a lack of access to specialist care and new treatment. You, our supporters took the conversation of to social media, your local press and your local representatives.
Our research shows that:
32% almost a third (32%) say migraine negatively affects their mental health
72% 72% of children with migraine say that it makes them feel worried
30% three in ten (30%) say migraine negatively affects their working life
How you can help someone with migraine
If you are treating someone with migraine
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If you have a friend or family member who has migraine
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If you work with someone who has migraine
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