Three school hours against headaches and migraines

Around 11.1 million students will be taught at general education and vocational schools in Germany in the 2013/14 school year (Federal Statistical Office 2014). 8.4 million students attend general education schools. Around half of children experience headaches and migraines at school, at home or in their free time. Almost 4.2 million children are affected in Germany. 660,000 students have headaches once a week or more. Without early help, many of these children's headaches become more frequent or even permanent. The Beanie campaign – childhood without headaches shows that there is an alternative to chronic pain and suffering at school.

The headache school

Headaches are the most common health problem in school. A representative survey of schools found that, depending on the type of school, between 20 and 50% of students reported headaches as an important and persistent health problem. This survey also revealed clear evidence that headaches are a major reason for the development of addictive behavior and drug abuse. Due to the suffering that the headaches cause, the children can become receptive to trying drugs and try to improve their well-being in this way. Special knowledge about headache treatment and headache prevention is therefore of great importance in preventing drug addiction in children.

In view of these facts, the teacher Karin Frisch, Wiesbaden , and the neurologist Prof. Dr. Hartmut Göbel, Kiel Pain Clinic , volunteered to develop a teaching sequence that is made available to teachers free of charge. To date, there are no national or international measures or concepts to prevent headaches at school that are specifically aimed at teachers and students. Teachers, students and parents should be comprehensively informed and trained with the medically and didactically professional teaching sequence. The aim is to achieve greater sensitivity to headaches and migraines in school-age children. Knowledge about headache disorders, recognizing the different forms and passing on preventative behavioral measures can lead to headaches being recognized early and special measures being taken, such as parent-teacher discussions, involvement of specialist departments and so on doctors. The homepage provides all the necessary materials for download free of charge below.

Three school hours against headaches and migraines

Reading tip

Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung August 24, 2014:
The invisible evil

Voices about the project

“Digital living environments, oversupply, pressure to succeed, demanding parents.
Introducing people to our performance-oriented society at an early age often leads to even adolescents suffering from health problems. Common problem: headaches. Medicine knows over 200 types and young people in particular find it difficult to even describe the symptoms and put them into words. Health campaigns often suffer from the need to “collect” information rather than deliver it.
The concept of the “Aktion Mütze – Childhood without headaches” initiative convinced us straight away because it takes this problem into account. The initiators bring the topic into schools and thus directly to those affected. From our point of view, the preventive approach is particularly promising. Young people of today are the employees of tomorrow.
As a health insurance company with high prevention services and great efforts in company health management, we did not hesitate for long and are pleased that we can support the project. Karin Frisch and Prof. Dr. Hartmut Göbel makes a groundbreaking contribution to the overall social ideal of a carefree childhood.” Wiesbaden, August 2014
Christian Diel
Press and Communication, R+V company health insurance company