June is National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month (#MHAM). A disease awareness month can increase public knowledge, address stigma and build a stronger community.
If you suffer from headaches or migraines this month provides a lot of great opportunities to connect with others, learn about your disorder, learn about treatments and to educate other about what you experience. This month there are a lot of activities planned and ways to get involved. There are many group discussions online or fundraors such as miles for migraines. There are certain observance days such June 21 which is “Shades for Migraine Day”, where migraine suffers wear their favorite pair of sunglasses. You can also participate by raising awareness on social media by using tags such as #MHAM and #MHAM2020.
As per The World Health Organization, “headache disorders are among the most common disorders of the nervous system. Primary headache disorders, such as migraine, tension-type headache, cluster headache, and the so-called chronic daily headache syndrome, can cause substantial levels of disability”. If you have headache or migraine, know you are not alone. Please seek a healthcare provider like us at the Manhattan Center for Headache and Neurology for proper diagnosis and treatment and utilize what this month has to offer.
Caroline Pruski, NP