As well as fundraising, National Fertility Awareness week is all about raising awareness of fertility issues.
Why do we need to raise awareness?
First: to get the message out about fertility issues; both the prevalence and how people are affected. Approximately one in six couples in the UK have a medical problem which means they cannot have a baby without medical help, and fertility problems have an incredibly far-reaching and devastating impact on everybody affected; that’s why it’s so important to raise awareness.
A second core aim of the week is to change perceptions of fertility issues and demolish some of the misconceptions and stereotypes about fertility.
Finally, the week is about providing support for all those struggling with fertility problems and raising money to help them too. Many people suffer in silence: there is still a stigma or shame around fertility issues and people can find themselves very socially isolated, so the awareness week is important to show people that there is help, support and advice in many different forms. You are not alone.
Gwenda Burns, Head of Operations at leading patient charity Fertility Network UK: ‘In the UK, 1 in 6 couples experience the pain fertility issues bring. Even if you don’t have direct experience, you probably know someone who does – a family member, friend or work colleague. We hope people will join in, raise funds and help change perceptions about fertility issues.’
What does awareness raising accomplish
Every article in the media, or the local paper of a village magazine, every time you share our posts on your social media sites or you use the hashtags #YouAreNotAlone #FertilityWeek19, every radio interview given, every time you talk to someone about what you are doing and why, increases the chances of:
- helping someone struggling with fertility issues feel less alone and isolated, helping bring someone into a community where others understand and can empathise and share.
- helping someone to understand what their friend, partner, family member or work colleague is going through
- promoting the importance of fertility education by increasing young people’s awareness of the facts about fertility, dispelling myths and equipping a new generation with information which can help them make informed decisions about their futures
How you can help
If you are happy to share your story with the media in order to help raise awareness of what it is like to face fertility issues, please contact FNUK digital and media communications officer Natalie Aminoff at email@example.com.
Write an article, or a letter, or host an event, or challenge yourself to do something – and tell your local newspaper. Send them photos – just think how many people will then see that in their local paper, and how many people you will have reached!
Contact your local radio station, tell them about Fertility Week. Perhaps they will interview you about your thoughts on the week, or talk to you about why you are getting involved.
Social media is such an effective way to spread a message, it’s easy, it’s free and it’s something we can all join in with.
Please do engage with our social media channels. There are links at the bottom of this page. Follow us on Twitter, Like our page on Facebook, and share our posts with your friends and followers.
During Fertility Week 2019 please use the following Twitter hashtags:
Don’t forget: if you are holding a fundraising or information event let us know, or tag us in your post so we can promote it on our social media platforms.
Put up a Poster
Why not print off our NFAW17 poster and put it up at work, at home, or on a local noticeboard.
Fertility Week: changing perceptions, providing support and raising funds.