Here are some ideas:
- Send an email to family and friends with basic information about headache disorders and migraine disease, such as common triggers, symptoms, treatments, etc.
- Reach out to someone in your life who you think may be living with an undiagnosed headache disorder. Provide some basic information and offer your help with finding a doctor and exploring treatment options. Don't be pushy, but just be there in case your friend is ready to seek help.
- Post information about migraine disease and other headache disorders on your Facebook wall and/or Twitter account. This could be anything from tidbits about what helps you cope to links to good resources to facts about the burden of migraine disease.
- Write up an information sheet about migraine disease and hand it out to family, friends and coworkers. Include links where they can learn more if they're interested and thoughts about how they can support you when you're dealing with a migraine attack.
- Make a donation to an organization that supports migraine-related education or research efforts and encourage your family and friends to do the same. I suggest the Migraine Research Foundation or the National Headache Foundation.
What are your ideas for spreading awareness of headache disorders? Please share them in the comments!
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Content by Diana E. Lee.DISCLAIMER: Nothing on this site constitutes medical or legal advice. I am a patient who is engaged and educated and enjoys sharing my experiences and news about migraines, pain and depression. Please consult your own health care providers for advice on your unique situation.