June is National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month (#MHAM), and the full headache, migraine and cluster communities are working together for our diseases to be recognized. A disease awareness month plays a vital role in raising public knowledge, addressing stigma and building a stronger community of patient advocates. The CHAMP website will serve as a central hub of information about MHAM and will be updated with additional announcements, resources, challenges, facts, webinars, Twitter chats, Facebook Live events geared for those living with a headache diseases, their caregivers and the general public. Join us in advocating and spreading awareness!
Introducing the New MHAM Logo
Download Logo files here for use in your MHAM events! (right click on an image and choose Save Image or Save As...) Feel free to use these images for any MHAM related activities, however please do not alter them in any way.
2019 Recognition Days
For 2019, the following six days will be observed as special Recognition Days within the month of June. Each one representing a significant topic within our community. Throughout the year, additional Recognition Days will be highlighted because we need to raise awareness all year long.
- June 3 - In the Workplace
- June 6 - Veterans with Headache Diseases
- June 7 - Remembrance Day, Honoring Those We've Lost
- June 16 (Father's day) - Headache Diseases and Men
- June 21 - Annual Shades for Migraine Awareness Day led by the Association of Migraine Disorders
- June 29 - Chronic Migraine Awareness Day led by CMA, Inc
There's a lot more to June than just this. Check out the full calendar for events.
Shades for Migraine
Shades For Migraine is a campaign hosted by the Association of Migraine Disorders to promote migraine awareness and create viral buzz for a disease that affects over 1 billion people worldwide. The collaborative campaign is supported by 35+ organizations worldwide.
On Migraine Solidarity Day, June 21, you can show the world you care about migraine by wearing sunglasses and showing your support by posting a photo to social media with the hashtag #ShadesForMigraine. Get some inspiration from the thousands of people who took part last year.
Get the full story on the campaign:
Shine a Light on National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month
Need Your Help for June 2019
CHAMP wants to Shine a Light all across the country on migraine, headache and cluster awareness. Shine a Light is a simple and fun way to create awareness in your community. Requests to government, historic or private venues to change their outdoor lighting to purple is a way to honor the MHAM movement.
How to Get Involved
If you would like to participate in requesting a venue to join the Shine a Light campaign, download the instructions and formal request letter below. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
Don't have time to ask for a landmark or venue to be lit up in purple? Chronic Migraine Awareness, Inc. started an initiative in 2018 to take part in the Shine a Light program from the comfort of your home. You can make a difference by changing an outdoor light at your own home to a purple bulb during June to #ShineALight on #MHAM.
Don't forget to post and share your pictures by tagging #ShineALight and #MHAM. Please visit Chronic Migraine Awareness, Inc on their social media channels for more information.
CHAMP and the U.S. Pain Foundation are partnering to bring public attention on local and state levels.
Ceremonial proclamations can be requested from your state or local officials, showing their support and recognition of National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month.
How to Get Involved
We are looking for people or organizations to take the lead on contacting their state and local officials. Every locality has their own process for submitting, approving and signing a proclamation.
Get the process started now – download instructions for either states or localities and the 2019 Proclamation template below. Send an email to email@example.com so that we can keep track of progress and offer support. Don't forget to post and share your pictures by tagging #MHAM and #SowingTheSeeds and emailing us a picture!
Additional MHAM Activities
Be sure to check out the many other activities and initiatives planned for June. Visit the organizations below to find a variety of ways to participate and spread awareness.
Webinar - June 20, 2019
Global Healthy Living Foundation (GHLF) & Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR) invite you to a free informational webinar on Thursday, June 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. EDT.
The “More Than Just a Headache: Understanding Migraine” webinar will be co-presented by Dawn C. Buse, PhD, and Jelena Pavlović, MD, PhD.
AMF will be hosting Facebook Live events during MHAM.
- How to Get Involved in the Migraine Community and MHAM with Tammy Rone, June 6,12 pm EST.
- How to Advocate for Migraine with Sharron Murray on Thursday, June 13, 8 pm EST
- Building Your Support Community with Eileen Brewer, Thursday, June 20, 8 pm EST
Follow AMF for more details and to find out the rest of the schedule, topics and speakers.
US Pain Foundation is hosting two online events during MHAM. Please join the webinar, "What migraine doctors and patients can learn from another: A Conversation with Abby Chua, DO and Katie Golden" on June 13 at 7 pm EST
Also join the Facebook Live event, "Overcoming a brain in pain: Advice from migraine strategist Lindsay Weitzel, PhD" on June 19 at 2 pm EST.
History of National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month
How it All Began
The National Headache Foundation (NHF) started Migraine & Headache Awareness Week.
The week-long awareness campaign transitioned to Migraine & Headache Awareness Month (MHAM) in June 2012.
- Each year a theme is chosen by NHF.
- A 2004 awareness campaign used purple, which spurred patient educator, Teri Robert, to approach the following organizations in 2012 to make it the official color of MHAM:
- American Headache Society
- National Headache Foundation
- PFO Research Foundation
- Migraine Research Foundation
Engaging the Community
Tammy Rome joined Teri in these efforts, which eventually morphed into the MHAM Blogging & Social Media Challenge as a way for all of those living with headache diseases to participate. Visit MigraineDisease.org to see this year's activities.
Chronic Migraine Awareness, Inc created an annual Recognition Day during MHAM on June 29th to bring awareness to those whose lives are affected on a near daily basis with migraine and headache diseases. They created a purple and red awareness ribbon specifically for the estimated four million Americans who are chronic.
In 2013, CMA, Inc began a Fact-A-Day campaign to raise awareness by sharing important information on social media. In 2016, they added a social media campaign to challenge participants to take advocacy and education actions. On both social media campaigns, CMA, Inc has partnered with multiple organizations to provide content. Visit their Facebook page to participate in this year's actvities.