Migraine is so much more than just a headache – it’s a complex neurological condition that can cause a range of disabling symptoms. Uncontrolled, migraine can have a devastating impact on relationships, social lives and careers.
For the individual, migraine can result in lost income and productivity. When scaled up to the UK as a whole, it’s estimated that almost £9bn is lost every year to the economy.
Migraine is the biggest cause of years lived with disability among those aged 15 to 49
Research undertaken by the National Migraine Centre suggests more than 50 per cent of those with chronic migraine feel their employers are not supportive of their condition. The research shows:
The impact of migraine and headaches on work is often unseen, underestimated and misunderstood by employers and can be underplayed by sufferers in order to hold on to their jobs.
Access to effective treatment can minimise the impact on the individual and benefit employers by improving staff wellbeing and boosting productivity.
Each year in the UK, an estimated £8.8bn is lost to migraine1. According to research undertaken by The Work Foundation2:
Find out more about how our Employee Wellbeing packages could help support those with migraine in your team.
1, 2. The Work Foundation, Society’s Headache, 2018