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Migraine Awareness Month: Shedding Light on Migraine and Empowering the Migraine Community

Migraine Awareness Month (MAM) is a global event held in June each year. The aim is to raise awareness of migraine, reduce the stigma that migraine is 'just a headache' and promote a positive and empowering view of migraine and the migraine community. In Australia, Migraine Australia takes the lead in organising a month-long campaign to provide education, support, and insights into migraine. Let's explore the significance of Migraine Awareness Month and how you can get involved.

Raising Awareness and Breaking the Stigma:

Migraine is not just a “headache” It is a complex neurological disorder that impacts over 5 million Australians. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of their condition until they experience a migraine attack, which can involve a range of debilitating symptoms. Migraine Awareness Month plays a crucial role in breaking the stigma and educating the public about the true impact of migraine on individuals and communities.

Out of the Dark

Migraine Australia's "Out of the Dark" campaign serves as the core theme for MAM2023. With over 5 million Australians living with migraine, it is time for migraine to be recognised and treated with the respect and importance it deserves. This campaign aims to advocate for better understanding, support, and research for those affected by migraine.

Shades for Migraine: A Highlight on June 21st:

As part of Migraine Awareness Month, June 21st marks Shades for Migraine Day. On this day, people are encouraged to wear sunglasses to represent the light sensitivity experienced by those with migraine. By participating in Shades for Migraine, we can demonstrate our solidarity and raise awareness of the challenges faced by those living with migraine.

Ways to Get Involved:

  1. Educate Yourself: Take the time to learn about migraine, the symptoms, triggers, and available treatments. Understanding the condition will help dispel misconceptions and promote empathy and support for those living with migraine.
  2. Spread Awareness: Use your voice and social media platforms to share information about migraine, personal stories, and resources during Migraine Awareness Month. Help others understand the true impact of migraine and encourage empathy and support.
  3. Attend or Organise Events: Check for local events organised by Migraine Australia or other migraine advocacy groups. These events provide opportunities to connect with the migraine community, hear from experts, and show your support.
  4. Support Migraine Australia: Consider making a donation to Migraine Australia or other organisations dedicated to supporting those affected by migraines. These funds contribute to research, education, and advocacy efforts.


Migraine Awareness Month is a crucial time to shine a light on migraine, raise awareness, and empower the migraine community. By educating ourselves, spreading awareness, and supporting organisations like Migraine Australia, we can contribute to a better understanding of migraine and work towards improved care and support for those affected. Together, let's break the stigma, support one another, and create a more inclusive and empathetic society for individuals living with migraine.


Join the Shades for Migraine campaign, participate in local events, and let's make Migraine Awareness Month 2023 a resounding success.


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