Last month marked the annual ‘Alopecia Awareness Month’, and each year it focuses on a particular hair loss concern. This year, the goal was to challenge the social stigma surrounding hair loss, with the apt motto ‘Get Talking’.
Although charities and organisations such as Alopecia UK, have come a long way in raising awareness about the condition, there still remains a level of stigma attached to the topic. Many people are embarrassed to talk about their experience and instead attempt to cover up the issue or hide away completely.
Here, we’ll look at why Alopecia UK are trying to get people talking about their experience and the benefits talking about it can bring.
Understanding the Get Talking campaign
The Get Talking campaign was launched by Alopecia UK, to mark September’s Alopecia Awareness Month. It may have now ended, but the message behind the campaign is still very much relevant.
What many people don’t realise is there’s a lot of support available. Alopecia UK has 30 different support groups situated throughout the UK. There, you can talk to others affected by hair loss and gain extremely valuable support in a face-to-face environment. For those who don’t feel able to attend face-to-face meetings, there’s also a closed Facebook group, along with great online forums to share their experience.
The sheer number of different platforms available today, mean nobody should ever have to suffer in silence. Alopecia is known to cause severe psychological distress. Not talking about it can have a significant negative effect on a person’s mental health and can really diminish their quality of life. That is why the Get Talking campaign is so important. It shows patients there is help available and they don’t need to suffer alone.
New bald emoji to be released
Emojis have become extremely popular in recent years, enabling people to express their thoughts and feelings in a fun, relatable way. Up until now, there hasn’t been an emoji to represent those suffering from hair loss. However, after this year’s Get Talking campaign, bald emojis are now set to be introduced thanks to a campaign held by long-term sufferer, Jade.
Jade has been campaigning for years to get a bald emoji developed and it looks like her wish is finally being granted. In June 2018, a new emojis are being released, including a range of bald ones. It may sound like a small thing, but to sufferers like Jade, it’s a massive victory.
What alopecia treatment options are available?
There are numerous types of alopecia and a range of treatment options currently available for patients aged 16 and over. However, the more severe types, such as Alopecia Totalis, where the patient loses all of their hair, is more challenging to treat and manage.
Overall, regardless of which type of alopecia you may be suffering with and how you are responding to treatment, seeking support for the emotional fall out of hair loss is essential.