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Raising Awareness During Migraine And Headache Awareness Month

Headaches and migraines are unfortunately common, but invisible to many. Over 42 million people in the U.S. suffer from headaches and migraines. During Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, the National Headache Foundations asks people to share their stories of suffering with head pain to show others that they aren’t alone.

Why is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month important?

On top of these sobering statistics, consider that:

  • Headaches and migraines are the leading reason that people use over-the-counter pain relievers
  • There is no absolute cure for migraine headaches since its causes are not entirely understood
  • Headaches may have a genetic component–a child has a 75% chance of suffering from headaches if both parents have them
  • Migraine-related work absenteeism and lost productivity can cost U.S. corporations at least $20 million a year

Since head pain related to headaches and migraines is so common, the National Headache Foundation (NHF) chose to rally supporters during the month of June to spread awareness about these conditions. Migraine and Headache Awareness Month this year is about sharing your story during the “You Are Not Alone” campaign to let others know about the effects of these pain conditions. The National Headache Foundation asks those who suffer from headaches and migraines to let others know that they are not alone.

How to show support

By standing up to spread awareness, the community can show that it is unified and strong as it moves towards better treatments and research.

As part of this, everybody is encouraged to “show purple” and send in photos while wearing purple or holding a sign in support of Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. This may mean standing in front of a well-known landmark or other space where you go when not suffering from head pain. It may mean sharing statistics on your social media accounts.

In this way, the Foundation hopes to put a face to the many people who suffer from headaches and migraines. They’ll be sharing these photos on their Facebook page throughout the month. You can share your story with the NHF or use the hashtag #MHAM.

They’ve also set up recognition days for raising awareness about different aspects of migraines and headaches, such as cluster headaches, pediatric headaches, and caregiver support.

When you’re suffering from a headache or migraine, it can feel like you are absolutely alone. However, there are others out there who understand and can sympathize with your pain. Every headache is different, but in finding a community who suffers from similar types of pain, you may begin to find strength to face your pain.

Share your story today with the National Headache Foundation here during Migraine and Headache Awareness Month.

Image courtesy of the National Headache Foundation