The Migraine Association of Ireland (MAI) was founded in 1994 and is the patient association for people living with migraine and other headache disorders. We aim to assist, support and represent people with migraine, while raising awareness of the nature of the condition.
There are over 400,000 people in Ireland who suffer from migraine and it is estimated to cost the Irish economy over €250 million annually in lost productivity.
The MAI works toward alleviating the burden of migraine and headache in Ireland by providing a wide range of services including:
- National Migraine Helpline
- Nurse-led Advice Line
- Brainstorm newsletter
- Information days
- Migraine.ie website
- Migra-zine E-newsletter
- Self-help Groups
- Outreach service
- Migraine Dairy
- Advocacy & Lobbying for specialist services
- Migraine Studies
- Meetings and Information resources for Health professionals
- Awareness Campaigns (Migraine Action Week is held annually in September as part of WHA’s World Headache Awareness Month)
MAI is a membership-based organisation, with over 2,000 members. As well as being members of the World Headache Alliance, the MAI is also a founding member of both the European Headache Alliance and the Neurological Alliance of Ireland, an umbrella group of patient groups campaigning for better neurology services in Ireland.
In 2004, MAI founder Audrey Craven won the World Headache Alliance’s Elizabeth Garret Anderson Award. MAI’s good work has also been recognised in winning the Irish Patient Association of the Year in 2003 and by receiving the best use of IT for www.migraine.ie at the Irish Healthcare Awards in 2006.
Below you will find some Information materials prepared by the MAI, including a resource for GPs, a leaflet for people with migraine and a copy of a recent issue of Brainstorm. See www.migraine.ie for more