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Health"#ShowTN3Fingers" Campaign Raises Nationwide Awareness on International Trigeminal Neuralgia Day, October 7th

“#ShowTN3Fingers” Campaign Raises Nationwide Awareness on International Trigeminal Neuralgia Day, October 7th

Aneeta Prem MBE, CEO of TNA, the sole UK charity dedicated to raising awareness of trigeminal neuralgia (TN), has launched the “#ShowTN3Fingers” campaign to urgently raise national awareness of a condition often referred to as the “suicide disease.” This term highlights the severity of the excruciating facial pain associated with TN, which can drive sufferers to extreme desperation.

Unveiling the Hidden Disability: What is Trigeminal Neuralgia?

TN is an acute and debilitating condition that affects the trigeminal nerve in the face. It is frequently misdiagnosed, with the pain often mistaken for dental issues, resulting in unnecessary tooth extractions. Globally, TN affects approximately 1 in 15,000 to 20,000 people and has severe mental health consequences, including social isolation.

Crisis Calls Surge: The Urgent Need for National Awareness

TNA’s freephone helpline has witnessed a distressing increase in calls from individuals on the brink of despair. Some are even contemplating extreme measures, including seeking euthanasia options in Switzerland, underscoring the pressing need for national recognition and immediate action.

Timely Intervention is Critical

TN symptoms often worsen during colder weather, and rising living costs exacerbate the situation as some individuals struggle to afford adequate heating, further intensifying their condition.

The “#ShowTN3Fingers” and “#FaceOfTN” Campaigns: How to Participate

Endorsed by Aneeta Prem MBE, these campaigns utilise a simple yet powerful three-finger gesture that symbolises the three branches of the trigeminal nerve. The public can join the campaign by capturing this gesture in photographs or videos and sharing them on social media platforms using the hashtags #FaceOfTN and #ShowTN3Fingers.

Emergency Support Network

TNA has partnered with Samaritans to provide essential acute case management, serving as a vital lifeline for those enduring extreme pain. Additional regional support networks are currently being established.

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