Migraine affects 1 in 7 people around the world, but this disease continues to be under-recognized, under-diagnosed and under-treated. Despite the impact of migraine and other headache disorders, there is only one accredited headache specialist for every 80,000 patients in the United States, meaning countless patients do not receive the care they need. Awareness is essential to reducing stigma, advancing migraine research and increasing patient access.
The World Federation of Neurology’s World Brain Day on July 22 is dedicated to migraine awareness, and the American Migraine Foundation is thrilled to join hundreds of like-minded organizations across the globe to share the painful truth about migraine. This global day of recognition is significant for the migraine community. With millions speaking out in a collective voice, we want to show the world that migraine is more than just a headache–it is a brain disease–and for those living with migraine to see that there is hope and they are not alone.
3 ways to raise awareness about migraine on World Brain Day
Register for the World Brain Day Webinar
Learn about the global impact of migraine by joining the World Brain Day Webinar on July 22, 2019, at 10 a.m. EST. Our panel of esteemed doctors and researchers include leaders from the World Federation of Neurology, International Headache Society and American Migraine Foundation. Participants will be able to ask the panel questions and learn about the global impact of migraine from the experts. Make sure you encourage others in your network to share the news as well.
Share Facts from the World Brain Day Toolbox
The World Brain Day Toolbox has everything you need to educate your network about migraine and its impact. Help us tell the world the painful truth about migraine by downloading the Toolbox and posting our branded facts about migraine to your social media. Use the hashtags #thepainfultruth and #worldbrainday to amplify your impact.
Here are some facts developed by the WFN that explain the impact of migraine.
- Prevalence: Migraine is the most common brain disease in the world.
- Disability: Migraine is a major, disabling disease.
- Education: Migraine is under-recognized, under-diagnosed and under-treated.
- Research: Migraine receives less research funding than any of the world’s most burdensome diseases.
- Standard of Care: Together, we can ensure those affected by migraine receive the care they need.
Share Your Painful Truth about Migraine
Millions around the globe are affected by migraine and everyone’s story matters. Many people, however, are unaware of just how deeply migraine can affect someone’s life, so it is up to us to educate them on the impact of migraine. Sharing your migraine story can change the way others see and understand this disabling disease, but also helps people living with migraine see that they are not alone. Start the conversation now to help us put a face on this invisible illness.
We are thrilled that migraine is the topic of this year’s World Brain Day. Your voice matters, and every little action helps our community move toward better awareness and treatment outcomes. Join us in raising awareness for migraine leading up to World Brain Day on July 22.
Together, we are as relentless as migraine.