Showing your support for National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month is easy! You can start the month by wearing purple to work (yes, even at home) on June 1st, Wear Purple to Work Day with the National Headache Foundation. June 21st is a big day: it's the Annual Shades for Migraine Day led by Association of Migraine Disorders, and we are also honoring men with migraine and headache disease. Ending the month's observance days is Chronic Migraine Awareness Day and Rally Against Chronic Migraine on June 29th. These are just a few of the activities and initiatives planned for June. Check out the organizations and activities below to find a variety of ways to participate and spread awareness. View the Calendar to see additional events planned for the month.
We are going purple in June! To kick off National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month on June 1st, we are wearing purple to work (at home). Help spread migraine and headache awareness and post your photos wearing purple. Show solidarity for the 40 million people in America living with migraine disease and headache disorders. Even when we're apart we can stay together in support, you still need community while you shelter in place.
Please set aside some time from June 10th to 19th to take advantage of free access to several headache experts each day during the 2020 Migraine World Summit Replay. We hope that providing you with another opportunity to hear from experts, specialists, and patient advocates will go some way towards helping provide the support, community, and hope we could all use at this time.
The 4th Annual VIRTUAL #CureforCluster 5k for Cluster Headache Research by Clusterbusters is Saturday, June 20th, 2020. A virtual 5k allows clusterheads from around the globe to participate and raise awareness for cluster headaches in their hometowns. We feel this is the best way to raise awareness and funding across the country and internationally. Whether it’s just you or a group of people, you simply sign up on our website, and you’ll receive your t-shirt and race bag in the mail a few days before June 20th. Don't forget to post your photos of your participation on social media with #CureforCluster!
Shades for Migraine is a global awareness campaign that challenges people to "show they care and wear a pair" of sunglasses on June 21. Participants then post a photo to social media with #ShadesForMigraine and challenge three others to take part, too! This collaborative campaign is supported by more than 40 migraine and pain organizations and bloggers. Get involved and help spread the word! For more ways to take action, including getting purple shades, signing a petition and visiting our partner database, visit ShadesForMigraine.org. You can help spread the word about Shades for Migraine by sharing graphics, flyers and other resources from their promotion kit at https://www.
Join us on June 29th for CMA Day and share how you #RallyAgainstChronicMigraine. Let’s show the world how we Rally against this disease every day. Take a picture with Rally, share on your social media platforms using #RallyAgainstChronicMigraine and don’t forget to invite others to participate! Visit our Rally page chronicmigraineawareness.org/rally to get Rally and participation information.
In 2019, CMA, Inc. began a new social media campaign called “Faces of Chronic Migraine.” We asked our community to send us a photo and quote of how the chronic migraine community has helped them on their migraine journey. We then shared them across our social media platforms.The amazing responses are very empowering. #FacesofChronicMigraine #MyTribe #YouNeedCommunity
The Patient Advocate Foundation Migraine CareLine is designed to provide individualized case management assistance for those living with or needing screening for migraine disease, free of charge to the patient, their caregiver, or provider. Users of the Migraine CareLine get paired up with an expert case manager who can assist with navigating eligibility and enrollment in disability benefits and overcoming insurance coverage and financial burdens that impact access to care. 1-866-688-3625 or visit the website.
Migraine Matters is an online resource that provides up-to-date information and a diverse suite of resources geared to help people with headache disorders self-navigate their diagnosis and insurance coverage. Users can view materials in the way they feel most comfortable learning, and the tool is filled with relevant webinars, videos, websites, interactive graphics, PDFs, podcasts, and more from Patient Advocate Foundation and expert headache and migraine focused organizations. The tool features an interactive chat that offers advice on common health insurance denial issues and helpful tips for insurance navigation. As well, users can request free one-on-one case management support through the online form located on the tool.
Miles for Migraine has many upcoming offerings in June and the best news is that you can participate right from your home! Looking to learn more about advocacy, the latest treatments, or how sleep and migraine are related? Join one of our free virtual Education Day events on June 6, 20 or 27th. You can come for 1 presentation or stay for a few hours. For those of you who may be interested in Moving Miles for Migraine, consider joining one of our virtual walk, run or just relax events. We will send you a shirt and finisher medal. You go out for a walk or a run at a time and location that works best for you within an 8 day window. Not up for the movement piece? That's OK. Send us a photo of how you practice self care (the Just Relax piece) and we'll add 1 mile to mileage tracker just for you! Check out this page to see a list of our upcoming dates.
In 2018, CMA, Inc. began an initiative of encouraging the changing of porch light bulbs to purple, the awareness color of migraine disease, as well as public landmarks. This initiative was named Shine A Light, reminding the community the importance of Shine A Light on National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, though advocacy, education, empowerment and community. We encourage the community to take pictures and share with #NMHAM and #ShineALight #YouNeedCommunity.