Stories from September; stepping in the right direction

With October already upon us, we wanted to take a look back on everything that happened during September 2015.


Migraine Awareness Week

Migraine Actions Ride the Lightning

We were so excited to launch our brand new booklet for young people during Migraine Awareness Week - for free! With migraine sufferers under 30 up to 6 times more likely to suffer from depression compared to their peers, Ride the Lightning (713KB) was vital to support those affected. It has already been a great help to so many! Contact info@migraine.org.uk for your free copy and we’ll pop it in the post!

 

Thanks to our Migraine Awareness Week campaign #NotJustAHeadache, we saw the biggest reach to date for Migraine Action on social media, helping to be one step closer to destroying the stigma surrounding migraine forever. We know there is a long way to go, but thanks to your 4 words describing migraine, thousands more across the UK are hearing the truth; that migraine is #NotJustAHeadache! Your words included:

- Debilitating, frightening , depressing, frustrating

- Explosive throbbing tiring HELL

- Not again, Not now!

- Puts life on hold!

- Brain, scramble, numb limbs

But that’s not all for Migraine Awareness Week. Appearing on over 15 radio stations during the week, we were rather talked out! You may have caught us on Central FM, Waves Radio, Big City Radio and Radio Yorkshire just to name a few.

Thank you to everyone who got involved during Migraine Awareness Week this year. If you would like to help support those affected and work with Migraine Action to destroy the stigma surrounding this neurological condition, contact us today at info@migraine.org.uk 


Fighting for treatments in Wales

Migraine Action at the Senedd

Back in March this year, at our Migraine Insight Cardiff event, we were surprised by the inconsistent nature of care experienced by people with migraine in Wales. Patients in the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board areas were being directed to the Walton Centre in Liverpool, with similar examples occurring across the country. Those in the Hywel Dda Health Board are being directed by video conference to Morriston Hospital in Swansea! 

Taking the fight to those that could make the changes so desperately needed, Migraine Action’s Senedd event, which saw us meet with many Welsh Assembly members, led to a real breakthrough in Cardiff and The Vale. To find out more about the event click here >

 

Migraine Insight ManchesterMigraine Insight Manchester

To bring you the information and help you need to take control of your migraine, we have been traveling across the UK with Migraine Insight throughout 2015. On the 26th September we were in Manchester, with a great reception from everyone who attended. One attendee from Manchester told us:

“Thank you for the excellent informative session that I attended in Manchester on Saturday.

It was very well organised, and all the speakers were very good, especially Dr Andrew Dowson. I have been a migraine sufferer since I was a small child (am now over sixty) and for the first time had the opportunity to hear real experts speak about migraine. I would recommend anyone who has migraine to get to one of your sessions.”

Don’t miss your chance to attend our last Migraine Insight event of the year, in London on 10th October. To find out more about the event and to book your space click here >


Talking it through, and sharing our experiences

We here at Migraine Action know how lonely migraine can be. We are on a mission to end that isolation. That’s why we are helping to set up new support groups all over the country. During September two new groups had their first support group meetings; Cheltenham in Gloucestershire and Bridgend in Wales.

An attendee to the new Cheltenham support group said; “so lovely to meet such kind understanding people. I look forward to your next session”.

If you would like to find out more about these support groups or start your own please contact us at info@migraine.org.uk


Thanks to your continuing support, our reach across the UK continues to grow. With your help we are helping more and more people affected by migraine every day. If you would like to support Migraine Action or get involved with exciting upcoming activities then call us on 08456 011 033 or email info@migraine.org.uk

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