FND Awareness Month
This April Join Us to Spread FND Awareness Across the Globe
Join the Movement: Spread Awareness for FND this April!
Welcome to the April FND Awareness Month webpage, your resource hub for making a difference and getting involved in our efforts to raise awareness about Functional Neurological Disorder (FND). Explore opportunities to support the month, from virtual events to fundraising initiatives, educational campaigns, and advocacy actions. Let’s unite to spread awareness, support those affected, and foster understanding throughout the month of April.
Light the World for FND
Go Blue and Orange for FND Awareness Month
Here are a few ways you can “Go Blue and Orange” to support FND Awareness Month:
- Request to have your local monument, building, or street art to be light up Orange and/or blue
- Google the property you wish to ask Light Up.
- Many places will have an online Lighting Request Form for you to complete. Refer to the Light Up Request Letter for details.
- When an online Lighting Request Form is not available, feel free to download the Light Up Request Letter to send to the appropriate authorities along with the FND Hope letter of support.
- Keep us informed of the places you have sent a request. Send the details including the contact name and their email address to email@example.com to ensure FND Hope can follow up on your behalf.
- Take a picture wearing blue/orange, standing in front of a blue/orange wall, or with your face painted blue/orange. Then, tag FND Hope on social media!
- Purchase FND Hope official merchandise and share a picture of you sporting your new swag!
- Wear blue and orange while participating in a 5K, Move-A-Thon, or other FND Hope fundraiser. Fill out a fundraising event form or in the UK an Enthuse Event and we can get you set up with resources and information.
#FNDAWARE SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE
Show You’re #FNDaware on Social Media
An easy way to get involved in FND Awareness Month is by participating in the #FNDaware social media challenge. Just follow the 4 steps below;
- DOWNLOAD the ‘I Am #FNDaware’ Sign Standard DOWNLOAD A4 DOWNLOAD
- Print or display on a laptop, Ipad, Notepad, etc, making the sign fit fullscreen.
- Take a photo of yourself holding the ‘I am ‘#FNDaware’ sign
- Post the photo to all your social media platforms
- Copy and Paste the following to write on your post;
I Am #FNDaware. Are you?
Please support World FND Month, April 2024 by sharing my post on your social media, then, go to fndhope.org and ‘Be Part of the Global FND Movement!’
Help others become #FNDaware by printing or emailing the FND Awareness Month awareness flyer and sharing it with healthcare professionals and /or the public. Then, don’t forget to share your experience on social media using hashtags.
Hang an FND Awareness Month poster in your office, school, or local community space. Share videos, infographics, fact sheets, or other resources with your community!
Hold an FND Event
Hold your own event
- Decide what type of event you want to do (Need some ideas? We have you covered)
- Fill out the event form
- We will reach out to provide support or discuss how FND Hope can support your event.
- Share your event on social media using #FNDaware | FND2024 | #LetsTalkFND
Share your story
Contact the Media
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL PAPER OR PUBLISH AT THE MIGHTY
Tips on getting your story published:
- Decide which section of the newspaper would be most interested in your story. Most media forms have a health section or think how your story relates to other sections.
- Become familiar with the type of stories the news source typically reports on. Are you a good fit for their agenda?
- Be factual. If you are not sure your information is accurate or if it is an opinion, then, present it as such.
- Be prepared with your info and any info you want to provide (FND Hope Media Kit, Press Release).
- Brevity is key. Short compelling stories gain the most attraction. Don’t get caught up in the details.
- Provide a photo or prepare to be photographed.
Your Name: Address: Contact details: Answer the following questions:
• What were you and your life like before developing FND symptoms? (30 words or less)
• When did your functional symptoms start? (20 words or less) How long did it take to be diagnosed? (25 words or less)
• What are your symptoms? (You can group symptoms together i.e. involuntary movements, cognitive impairment, mobility)
• How has FND impacted your life and those around you? (50 words or less)
• What do you want others to know or understand about FND? (50 words or less)
• Why is awareness for FND important to you? (25 words or less)