A disease awareness month plays a vital role in raising public knowledge, addressing stigma and building a stronger community of patient advocates. June is National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month, and the full headache, migraine and cluster communities are working together to plan a bigger and better MHAM for 2018 than ever before. The CHAMP website will serve as a central hub of information about MHAM and will be updated with additional announcements, resources and events over the coming months.
NATIONAL HEADACHE & MIGRAINE AWARENESS MONTH COUNTDOWN
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- June 1 – You Are Not Alone (NHF Program Launch)
- June 2 – Light Up The Landmarks (Primary Date, Other Days Ok Depending On Venue Availability)
- June 4 – Headache Diseases in the Workplace (First Monday of Month)
- June 5 – INvisible Project (Sharing Personal Stories)
- June 6 – Veterans & Headache Diseases (D-Day)
- June 7 – Remembrance (Honoring Those We’ve Lost)
- June 8 – Health Care Provider Appreciation
- June 10 – Moving for Headache Prevention (Miles for Migraine, Runnin’ For Research & Cure for Cluster)
- June 11 – Disability & Headache Diseases
- June 13 – Headache Advocacy (HMPF Advocacy Event)
- June 15 – Cluster Awareness
- June 16 – Hemiplegic Migraine Awareness (Start of Second Half of Month)
- June 17 – Men & Headache Diseases (Father’s Day)
- June 19 – Pediatric Headache Awareness
- June 21 – Shades for Migraine World Migraine Solidarity Day (Summer Solstice)
- June 23 – Low Pressure Headache Awareness
- June 25 – Survivors (Recognizing Mental Health and Suicidality Related to Headache Diseases)
- June 28 – Headache Disease Research (Start of AHS Scientific Meeting)
- June 29 – Chronic Migraine Awareness
- June 30 – Caregiver Appreciation
Shades for Migraine
Shades For Migraine is a campaign to promote migraine awareness and create a viral buzz for a disease that affects over 1 billion people worldwide.
So....on Thursday, 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 put migraine in the spotlight.
To participate, people will wear their sunglasses where they normally wouldn't on Migraine Solidarity Day, June 21, even indoors when possible! They prove it by posting photos on social media with the hashtag #ShadesForMigraine. Instructions are on the Media Page.
Shed some light on National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month
Need your help NOW for June 2018 launch
June is National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month (#MHAM). This year U.S. Pain Foundation and CHAMP (Coalition For Headache And Migraine Patients) want to Light Up the Landmarks all across the country in PURPLE, the official color for migraine, headache and cluster awareness.
Light Up the Landmarks is a simple and fun way to unite pain patients and create awareness in the community. Many government, historical or private landmarks can be illuminated with a specific color in honor of campaign or movement. For those living with migraine, headache and cluster diseases, seeing the purple hue will validate their pain journey, feel supported by their community and most importantly, recognize that they are #NotAlone.
List of Landmarks
To see a list of 2017 Landmarks that participated during September’s Pain Awareness Month through U.S. Pain’s efforts, click here. If you have other venues or ideas for your local area, we would love to expand this list!
How to Get Involved
If you would like to participate in requesting that a venue join our Light Up the Landmarks movement, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include:
- Contact information
- State in which you reside
- Landmark you want to light up
You will then be contacted with additional information, including best practices for approaching venues. We’ll provide support in securing the consent by the venue’s building manager prior and during the approval process.
Because paperwork and approval for this effort can take some time, we are asking you to sign on NOW in order to have Landmarks in place in June.
Please request June 2, 2018 as the day to turn the landmark purple. If that day is unavailable - any day, week or even the entire month of June is welcome.
Send us a picture! We want to share your hard work with the community and light up social media with purple too!
Many thanks to U.S. Pain Ambassador Michelle Tracy for her role in coordinating these efforts. Let’s Get Started!Email email@example.com TODAY!
*Note that there are some Landmarks that require a fee for participation, which will not be covered by U.S. Pain or CHAMP.
MHAM Proclamations: Advocate to bring government official’s attention to migraine, headache and cluster diseases.
Need your help NOW for June 2018 launch
June is National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month (#MHAM). This year, U.S. Pain Foundation & CHAMP (Coalition For Headache And Migraine Patients) want to bring public attention to this disabling and often stigmatized disease.
Ceremonial proclamations can be requested from your state or local officials, showing their support for National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month. The proclamation specifies the number of Americans who live with this disease, the debilitating effects it has and the economic burden associated with lost productivity due to migraine.
How to Get Involved
We are looking for people or organizations to take the lead on contacting their state officials. The MHAM team will keep track of the localities in which proclamations are requested, in order to avoid duplication. If your state already has a designated lead, then we encourage you to submit proclamations to local officials.
If you would like to participate in requesting a proclamation, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your contact information and the state in which you reside. You’ll receive a response that will include the pre-drafted Migraine Proclamation template and instructions for the process. We’ll provide support and guidance throughout the process.
Every locality has their own process for submitting, approving and signing a proclamation. In order to receive a completed proclamation in June, we need your help in starting this process right away!
Many thanks to U.S. Pain Ambassador Jeannette Rotondi for her role in coordinating these efforts. Let’s Get Started! Email email@example.com TODAY!
PURPLE - State governor signed MHAM Proclamation
- Local government signed MHAM Proclamation
- Light Up the Landmark participating venue
- The National Headache Foundation (NHF) started Migraine & Headache Awareness Week.
- Transitioned to Migraine & Headache Awareness Month (MHAM) in 2012.
- In 2012, a logo for MHAM was established, which is modified each year to reflect the theme.
- In 2012, a MHAM Blogging Challenge began for each day of the month. This program has been led by Teri Robert and Tammy Rome, and was expanded to the Blogging & Social Media Challenge in 2016.
- In 2018, the Federal Government officially recognized National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month as a National Health Observance. This recognition effort was led by Chronic Migraine Awareness, Inc.