August is Psoriasis Action Month. Here are ways to get involved.
If you’re living with psoriasis, chances are you don’t need reminding that August is Psoriasis Action Month. Every August, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) honors the month in many ways and for many reasons.
With over 100 million people worldwide affected by psoriasis, this month of awareness and action is something that touches many.
If you have psoriasis, you may not feel the need for more awareness about your own condition. Yet the month can be a helpful reminder that you are not alone. Hearing other people’s stories and sharing your story can make a big difference in your health journey.
This month, some of your well-intended friends and family members may show an increased interest in what you live with day to day. Here are some tips for talking with family and friends about your psoriasis.
You can try sending them some educational resources, like a psoriasis glossary. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also offers a comprehensive, easy-to-read guide about what exactly psoriasis is.
More attention, empathy, and exposure can help lead to more funding for psoriasis research, too.
Let’s honor this month by sharing information and support to create a more inclusive environment for everyone who is affected by psoriasis.
How you get involved this month is entirely up to you. If you need some ideas, here are a few to get you started.
Many celebrities live with psoriasis and openly share their challenges online. Simply clicking around the internet and reading their stories may help remind you that you are not alone.
Everyone benefits when we talk more about psoriasis and its effects on people’s lives. If you are into social media, share your stories and pictures with these hashtags:
Psoriasis resources are updated constantly, and new articles on psoriasis seem to appear all the time. Here are a few of the places to start for more information on psoriasis:
Bezzy’s sister site, Healthline, even has a free weekly newsletter about psoriasis.
Research is so important when it comes to finding effective treatments for people living with psoriasis.
If you want to get involved, start with asking your healthcare professional if they know of any clinical trials happening right now. There are a lot of opportunities for people with psoriasis, and there are some for family members, too.
Here are a few places to start looking for active clinical trials to participate in:
If you’re feeling generous and have the funds, consider donating to an organization that helps people living with psoriasis. Organizations need money to do the work they do, and this is a great month to contribute.
Here are some great places to start:
Check out the psoriasis section on Etsy for some incredible homemade products. You’ll find some inspirational clothing and keychains, too.
Most of these items are made by people living with psoriasis, and your purchase will benefit the creators directly.
The coupons can help provide discounts on unpredictable prescription costs. If you have health insurance, these frequently asked questions break down how Optum Perks can help you.
You can join our free community for live discussions, forums, private messaging, and more.
If you’re looking for in-person options for connection, you can check out this list of events organized by the NPF. The list includes links to meetings, webinars, walks, runs, and bike rides organized by geographic location.
Sometimes showing awareness can mean having self-awareness and making time to take care of yourself.
Prioritize yourself and your health this month. Make a self-care plan and stick with it.
Know someone else with psoriasis? Check out this list of gift ideas to help spread the love. Gifting something thoughtful is a great way to show you care and brighten a loved one’s day.
August is Psoriasis Action Awareness month. There are so many ways to spread awareness and take action. The most important thing to remember this month is to do what feels most rewarding and empowering for you!
Medically reviewed on August 15, 2023
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