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Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

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Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, a special time when we recognize and support people with migraine and their caregivers. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 1 in 7 people worldwide has Migraine. MHAM is committed to addressing public perceptions of headache disorders, providing helpful information and tools, and promoting the efforts of patient advocate communities.

MHAM encourages and expands the dialogue to support the millions of people who experience migraine pain and welcomes the participation of anyone interested in or affected by migraines. Read on for more about MHAM 2022 and ways you can help “advocate for access.” 

When Was MHAM Founded?

In 1989, the National Headache Foundation created National Headache Awareness Week, sparking an exciting slate of new initiatives and projects in the area of head pain.

By 2011, this awareness week was expanded into National Headache Observance Month; the name Migraine and Headache Awareness Month was ultimately adopted in 2013. In 2018, the U.S. government recognized MHAM as one of the country’s official National Health Observances! 

What is MHAM 2022 All About? 

The theme of MHAM 2022 is Advocate for Access. Many people with Migraine struggle for access to adequate medical support and care, or even to obtain an accurate diagnosis. For the 40 million Americans with Migraine and their loved ones, there is often a need for the improved care and support that will help them lead their best lives.

To help achieve this, MHAM works toward greater awareness within our public and governing bodies, understanding and compassion within our healthcare system, and stronger efforts to ensure easier access to treatment and accommodations for everyone with a headache disorder. 

This year’s Advocate for Access aims to enlighten the public and private sectors and drive change in these and other areas:  

  • The current healthcare model and its imminent shift to a more patient-centric approach. Your health matters and the healthcare system should reflect this. 
  • More resources devoted to research into headache disorders.
  • Workforce awareness to create easy access to resources needed by those who experience migraines. 
  • More time and informational tools to educate clinicians on new research and therapies. 

Awareness is critical. The more aware our society becomes, the more quickly those affected by migraine will be empowered to manage their lives and health. 

How Can You Participate? 

At a time when we’re inundated with a steady flow of information on hundreds of topics and causes, it’s not always easy to get all the recent, accurate information on the ones we care about most. If Migraine management and treatment is at the top of your list, here are some solid ways to keep learning and participating:

  • Share this blog post with a friend who could benefit from the information.
  • Participate in community walks to support migraine research, in person or virtually. Virtual events allow participants from around the world to show support and raise funds. 
  • Volunteer to assist with campaigns and/or donate money for research efforts.
  • Find a supportive community where you can share your story. Share your experience. Share your questions. 

Learn more about specific campaigns and events on MHAM’s official website. 

Here at Mable, we work to bring you the most comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. We also know the importance of community and support. We’re thrilled and honored to be a part of this community, so feel free to reach out to us on our socials or Tell us your story. Ask us questions. We are here for you!

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Updated on
September 23, 2022
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