June is upon us and you know what that means: it’s time to break out your purple clothes and get ready to raise awareness for migraine and other headache disorders! Why purple? Because purple is the awareness color for headache disorders! Some folks stick with purple shirts or shoes or socks but other sport purple jewelry, purple hair, and even purple tattoos! Purple of any kind is great conversation starter so find whatever makes you feel the most fabulous and get ready to advocate!
There are a ton of great ways to get involved with #MHAM. I don’t want overwhelm you, so I’ll start you off with three of my personal favorites (words in italics are direct quotes from the websites listed):
“June is just around the corner, and it’s Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. Social media — blogging, Twitter, Facebook, etc. — is a great way to promote awareness. A unified message spread via social media can be extremely powerful. So we’ve put together daily prompts for an Awareness Month Social Media Challenge. The challenge isn’t a contest to see how many days people will participate. It’s simply a challenge to join us and participate as many days as you can and want to. We also hope you’ll use the provided images to help unify the campaign. Participation in the Blogging and Social Media Challenge doesn’t mean that you have to participate every day. If there are days when you’re not well enough or are too busy, that’s fine. Every bit of participation counts, helps, and is greatly appreciated.”
“Please join us on June 8, 2017 for the first ever Move Against Migraine day of action! We are mobilizing people across the country to come together and show their support for the millions of Americans living with migraine by joining the Move Against Migraine Thunderclap. Thunderclap is a crowdspeaking platform that mass-shares a single message on social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr) at the same date and time. The result is a unified rallying cry that amplifies the voice of the migraine community. As you may know, we launched Move Against Migraine to change the conversation around the disabling neurological disease. The initiative strives to mobilize and empower individuals living with migraine to advocate for themselves to find the support and treatment they need, as well as inspire support and funding for research that will lead to safe and more effective treatments. To add your voice and join the movement: Visit our Thunderclap page before June 8 and pledge your support with Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. Share with your friends, family and colleagues to help drum up support and join the Thunderclap to help further spread awareness in days leading up to June 8.”
“For some of us, June 21 is the longest day of the year. We thought it would be an appropriate day to show solidarity with those who have to live with this invisible, unpredictable and stigmatized disease. Migraine disease is more common than Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis combined. Shocking, huh?! You may also be surprised that despite that fact it only gets a small fraction of the available neuroscience research funding and there is a very small number of neuroscience researchers who decide to take on migraine as a project. Migraine disease is not getting the attention it deserves; all the while, millions of people are suffering year after year behind closed doors. So…on Wednesday, June 21, let the world know about it! Let the millions of sufferers know that you care…that you know they aren’t faking an illness…that you know much more needs to be done to find a cure and give them relief…that you want to help give migraine disease the prominence it deserves. Wear some sunglasses all day long. They just need to be visible…hanging around your neck, hanging from your shirt or propped on your head are options if you can’t wear them on your face the entire day. Wear them indoors and in places where people usually don’t wear sunglasses. Be silly. Wear goofy ones if you dare. Let them make a statement… Start a conversation…Post a photo of yourself (and friends/co-workers) wearing your Shades for Migraine on social media using the hashtag #ShadesForMigraine. We are trying for a “viral” awareness campaign! Share this campaign with your friends and family…let’s make migraine a big deal!”
Keep your eyes on this space for more ways to get involved, updates on my own Migraine & Headache Disorders advocacy work, and more! Don’t forget to head over to The Migraine Warrior‘s Facebook page for even more great info! Happy #MHAM!