Exploring the Link Between Migraine and Mental Health in Women: Insights from the GAMIAN-Europe and EMHA Webinar

Migraines can deeply affect an individual’s mental health, often in ways that go unspoken and overlooked. To shed light on this important issue, GAMIAN-Europe, in collaboration with the European Migraine and Headache Alliance (EMHA), recently launched a groundbreaking report titled “Migraine and Mental Health in Women: Addressing the Challenge.” The launch took place during an insightful webinar, featuring a high-level panel of experts, which aimed to explore the intersection of migraines and mental health in women.

The webinar, held on September 21st, 2023, brought together a diverse group of professionals to discuss this critical topic and attracted an audience of more than 50 attendees representing various European countries. Moderated by Elena Ruiz de la Torre, the Executive Director of EMHA, the event provided a platform for patients, clinicians, researchers, and stakeholders to share their perspectives and insights.

One of the highlights of the webinar was the participation of key experts in the field, including:

Dr. Patricia Pozo-Rosich: A renowned specialist in neurology, Dr. Pozo-Rosich shared her expertise on the medical aspects of migraine and its impact on mental health.

Dr. Angelika Wieck: With a deep understanding of psychological aspects, Dr. Wieck delved into the intricate relationship between migraines and mental health issues.

Radka Maxová: A member of the European Parliament representing the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group, Maxová brought a political perspective to the conversation, emphasising the importance of policymaking in addressing these challenges.

Alessandra Sorrentino: As an expert by experience who grapples with both migraines and mental health, Sorrentino provided invaluable insights into the day-to-day realities faced by individuals dealing with these conditions.

During the webinar, the panel discussed key findings from the joint report, which shed light on the often-overlooked comorbidity between migraine attacks and mental health in women. This intersection presents unique challenges that impact the lives of countless individuals.

The panelists emphasised the importance of raising awareness of this issue and called for measures to promote a more inclusive and supportive society for those affected. Recognising the impact of migraines on mental health is a vital step toward better understanding and addressing the needs of individuals facing these challenges.

For those who missed this enlightening webinar, the video recording is available for viewing at this link: Webinar Recording. Additionally, you can access the full report, “Migraine and Mental Health in Women: Addressing the Challenge,” by following this link: Read the Full Report.

GAMIAN-Europe and EMHA remain committed to advancing the dialogue surrounding migraines and mental health in women, and they invite everyone to join this crucial conversation. Together, we can work towards a more inclusive and empathetic society that supports individuals dealing with these complex challenges.


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