MS Awareness Week 2020 will run from April 20-26 and is a chance for us all to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis and the work of the MS Trust.
MS is often misunderstood, with many people not realising what it's actually like to live with it. By speaking up about MS, in MS Awareness Week and all year round, we can change that.
Our focus this MS Awareness Week
This year our campaign centres on MS and mental health. Our survey shows that many people with MS (53%) feel that their mental health needs are not being met and 72% of those living with MS feel anxious or depressed for more than several days a month. Through our #BeMindKind campaign, we want to normalise the conversation around MS and mental health and to encourage people to be kind to themselves and others. With the COVID-19 crisis and all the uncertainty this brings, we believe this message is more important now than ever.
Ways you can get involved:
Organise an event
We’d still love for you to organise a meet-up this MS Awareness Week, but in light of the government guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19), we’re encouraging you to make it a virtual get together. Staying connected is more important now than ever, so make a cuppa, cut yourself a slice of cake, and have a video chat with your friends, family and work colleagues. Have a brew, talk it through!
We have a pack to help you make it as special as possible. The pack includes recipe cards and MS and mental health information resources.
If you'd like to help ensure we can continue supporting people with MS during these uncertain times, why not donate the cost of your morning coffee or afternoon tea to the MS Trust? Find out how here.
Help spread the word
We have lots of infographics and posters featuring facts about MS. Why not share them on your social media channels and help your friends and family learn more about MS? You could also share our facts and myths video, which can be found here. Use #MSWeek2020.
Set up a stand
You could set up an MS information or fundraising stand at work, in your local library, your GP surgery, a local hospital or therapy centre, or anywhere that you think might reach people who would like to find out more about MS. We can provide materials for this, please get in touch at email@example.com if you'd like to know more.
Share your story
There are a number of ways you can share your story and help us to raise awareness of MS. Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.