NMHAM RibbonJune 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!

2019 Theme, Hashtags & Email

Official 2019 Theme

Sowing the Seeds

Official Hashtags

#MHAM   #SowingTheSeeds

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.

There's a lot more to June than just this. Check out the full calendar for events.

Shades for Migraine

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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

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 mham@headachemigraine.org for support.

Change your porch light to a purple bulb during Migraine Awareness Month and #ShineALight on MHAM. Don't forget to post and share your pictures with #ShineALight. Please visit www.chronicmigraineawareness.org for contact information.

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.

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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 mham@headachemigraine.org 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!

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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.

History of National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

  • How it All Began

    The National Headache Foundation (NHF) started Migraine & Headache Awareness Week.

  • June 2012

    Expanding

    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
      • Clusterbusters
      • OUCH-US
      • MAGNUM
      • PFO Research Foundation
      • Migraine Research Foundation
  • June 2012 

    Engaging the Community

    Teri Robert worked with the National Headache Foundation and began the #MHAM Blogging Challenge, which created daily prompts for bloggers to jumpstart an article related to the day's topic and theme.

    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. 

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    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. 

  • June 2018 

    National Recognition

    MHAM National Health ObservanceThe U.S. Federal Government officially recognized National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month as a National Health Observance. in June 2018. This recognition effort was led by Patient Advocate, Jeannette Rotondi and Chronic Migraine Awareness, Inc.

  • June 2019

    New Official Logo

    The MHAM committee of CHAMP collaborated together to create an updated logo that will be used for years to come. Each year it will be updated to include the theme chosen by the National Headache Foundation.

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Previous Years