Stat of the day: Migraine Awareness Week 2013

By Angela Matthews

Saturday 7th September marked the end of Migraine Awareness Week. Migraines affect over 8 million people in the UK, which makes it more common a condition than diabetes, epilepsy, and asthma combined (Source: The Migraine Trust, 2013). The World Health Organisation describes migraine as “one of the most disabling lifetime conditions”. 34.3 per cent of people who experience migraines are discriminated against or have difficulties at work. Women are more likely to have migraines than men, and those who have migraines are also more likely to experience depression. With these overlaps between migraine, gender, and mental health – plus the fact that 25 million work and school days are lost to migraines each year – it would be ideal for more employers to be considering how they can do more to address this non-visible condition that too often receives relatively limited attention.

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