World MS Day is the MS movement’s annual campaign to raise awareness of the condition, and to support and connect the 2.3 million people living with it worldwide. It s a day to celebrate global solidarity and hope for the future.
In 2009, MSIF and our members initiated the first World MS Day. Together we have reached hundreds of thousands of people around the world, with a campaign focusing on a different theme each year.
World MS Day is officially marked on 30 May. Events and campaigns take place throughout the month of May. It brings the global MS community together to share stories, raise awareness and campaign with and for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.
World MS Day 2019 took place on 30 May 2019. The theme was Visibility and the campaign was called My Invisible MS (#MyInvisibleMS).
This campaign, developed in collaboration with members of the global MSIF movement, raised awareness of the invisible symptoms of MS and its unseen impact on quality of life. The aim of the campaign was to challenge common misconceptions about MS and help people understand how to provide the right support to those affected.
My Invisible MS gave a voice to people living with MS to share the invisible symptoms that they experience and express what they want people to know about MS, giving others an insight into its unseen impact on everyday life. The campaign offered flexibility for individuals and organisations to use it to achieve a variety of goals, which included:
- Lobbying decision makers to improve support for people living with disabilities that are not visible
- Helping people affected by MS to manage their invisible symptom
- Helping the communities around people living with MS to understand invisible symptoms and offer the right support
- Raising public awareness about the unseen impact of MS, in order to challenge misconceptions and change attitudes
- Raising the visibility of/funding for their MS organisation and its services
MSIF provides a toolkit of free resources to help everyone to take part in World MS Day. Anyone can use these tools, or make their own, to create positive change in the lives of more than 2.3 million people around the world.
Read more about some of the World MS Day 2019 highlights here.