Empowering the 1 in 10 affected by migraine

Helping those supporting children and young people to Predict the Storm 

Migraine Action launch Predict the Storm and Ride the Lightning

Affecting 1 in 10 school children in the UK, approximately 2.45 million schooldays are missed each year because of migraine and sufferers under 30 are up to six times more likely to experience depression. As well as the physical pain and discomfort, migraine can lead to falling behind with work, missing social activities and generally feeling low.

This is why providing all sufferers the right support and understanding is so important. Many parents have been in touch to share their experiences, and their stories reveal just how difficult it can be for young sufferers living with migraine. Sylvie (whose son is just 7 years old) told us:

‘Migraines are silent and he withdraws. People just don't want to see it. It can be so isolating! We know no other children who struggle with this and it can be hard to keep going sometimes. Everything just seems like a battle…’ (Sylvie)


The tremendous support of families is vital; but there is a desperate need for understanding from teachers, school nurses, youth workers and all those who play a role in the day-to-day lives of children and young people. This would help to ensure that parents like Sylvie aren’t fighting alone.

In 2015, we launched Ride the Lightning, which equipped young people with fundamental information on migraine and helped them to learn that they are not alone. One parent said, ‘my daughter found the book to be very informative, and is grateful that she has found a place which understands what she is going through and how she feels’. To continue this success, we are very excited to announce the launch of Predict the Storm!

This easy-to-read guide, for all those who support children and young people, includes:

  • Information on migraine including what it is, how to recognise it and possible triggers
  • Guidance for supporting children and young people with the condition
  • Details of treatments available and complementary options

… and much more!

For your free physical copy, contact us at info@migraine.org.co.uk or call 08456 011 033. Or download a copy for free by clicking here > 

Does your local school, college, uni, or youth group need information on migraine? Contact us and we can send a free pack of booklets for their information. With your help, we can ensure that no one is left misdiagnosed, misunderstood or missing out. 

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