This week is MS Awareness Week in the UK, and we want to open up the conversation with our entire global community about how MS makes you feel. Life with MS can be unpredictable and is so diverse, which can have a big impact on mental health.
We know MS can make life feel full of challenges, but we also know how important it is to have hope and to know that you’re not alone. This is why we want to raise as much awareness as possible this MS Awareness Week.
There is a huge supportive MS community across the world, and this year for the first time ever we’ve partnered with six MS charities to deliver one unified message and raise awareness about the diversity of life with multiple sclerosis.
We’ve teamed up with the MS Society, MS Trust, MS Together, Shift.ms, MS-UK and MS National Therapy Centres to shine a spotlight on MS. We want to create an open, honest and hopeful conversation about how different life with MS can be from one person to the next. We all have a common goal, to support and help people living with MS.
When we come together as one unified voice, we know we can reach more people to let them know an important message, that there is support out there for everyone.
No two journeys are the same
People often assume that multiple sclerosis affects everyone in the same way, and this couldn’t be further from the truth. MS is unpredictable and different for everyone, and from day to day it can feel like a completely different experience too, so it can bring up a range of emotions. Some people feel scared, anxious, or isolated, while others feel hopeful, resilient, or strong. Feeling able to speak openly about your journey with MS is so important.
So this MS Awareness Week we need you to help us raise awareness.
From 24 – 30 April 2023, wherever you are in the world, join the conversation on social media and share how MS makes you feel, using the hashtag #MSMakesMe. No two MS journeys are the same, but we want everyone to know that however you’re feeling at each stage of your journey, there are others out there who can support you through the challenges and celebrate your victories.
The whole MS community can get involved. So whether you live with MS yourself, or you’re a friend, family member, carer, healthcare professionals or researchers – you’re invited to join the conversation!
Make a difference this MS Awareness Week
Find us on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter and comment on our posts to share your story or experience. Or share a photo of yourself with your own #MSMakesMe statement and tag Overcoming MS and the other charities involved in the campaign.
We’ve also planned an exciting calendar of activities for the week, with events from webinars packed with useful insights and inspiring speakers, to exercise classes, mindfulness workshops and drop-in support sessions. Check out social media for upcoming events from all the charities, and sign up for all Overcoming MS events here.
Search #MSMakesMe to join the conversation.
Our CEO Alexandra Holden shares her thoughts on the campaign:
“We are delighted to be collaborating with six MS charities for MS Awareness Week UK. The #MSMakesMe campaign will raise essential awareness about the diversity of life with MS and that there is so much support out there, for everyone in our global community. Through our combined efforts we are encouraging members of the MS community to submit their stories and share these on social media platforms.
We want to encourage people to talk openly and honestly about how MS affects their mental health, not just for themselves but for everyone around them such as family and friends. Please join our #MSMakesMe campaign on social media or join one of our MS Awareness Week events, and be part of this supportive and compassionate community.”