Vision Statement : A world without headache

In support of our mission, the National Headache Foundation looks to achieve these key goals:


Increase public awareness regarding headache disorders and the impact it has on the individual, their families, and society.


Represent people living with headache disorders in efforts with the public, insurance providers, and governmental agencies.


Serve as the premiere resource by providing information to patients, health care professionals, and the media.


Support research into the potential causes of headache disorders and treatments.

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Our Story

Over the past 53 years, our mission at the National Headache Foundation has been to further awareness of headache and migraine as legitimate neurobiological diseases. Much has changed during this time. With aid from advanced technology and clinical innovation, there are more treatment options than ever before. However, we understand that these diseases are still largely misunderstood and that finding the right treatment options for you requires insight.

We have collected the most comprehensive information on headache disorders and migraine disease, which we make freely available to you. Every day, our health care provider finder connects patients, who have just begun to seek treatment or those who are looking for more options. In your continuing pursuit of the treatment and understanding that you deserve, please know that the National Headache Foundation is your partner. We have been inspiring hope since 1970.

The National Headache Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


The Prevalence of Migraine Disease and Headache Disorders:

Migraine is the 3rd most common illness in the world
Migraine disease is the 2nd most disabling illness in the world
1 billion people worldwide are living with migraine disease and headache disorders
42 million Americans are living with migraine disease and headache disorders
1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone living with migraine disease
Migraine affects 28 million women in the United States
Over 4 million adults experience chronic migraine with an average of 15 attacks per month

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