Each September in Alopecia Awareness Month we step up our efforts to raise awareness of alopecia. The theme for September 2018, and our corresponding hashtag is inspired by a song from the smash hit musical, The Greatest Showman.

This Is Me. 

But more than the song, this is a bold statement that can get people talking about alopecia. This Is Me. No hair? Patchy hair? Thinning hair? Wig? Hat? Headscarf? Make up? No make up? THIS. IS. ME. 

How can I get involved in this year's campaign?

There are lots of ways you can get involved in our 2018 'This Is Me' campaign. 

1. Probably the easiest way is to add a 'This Is Me' Alopecia Awareness Month Twibbon to your Facebook and/or Twitter profile pictures (not so expertly modelled by Amy!). It's easy to do. 

Click here to add an awareness Twibbon

2. Post a photo to raise awareness on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) using the hashtag #ThisIsMe 

We've even created a sign for you to print off and include in your photo (again, not so expertly modelled by Amy!). Anything goes in the photos. You don't have to have your alopecia visible. It's about saying 'This Is Me' however you want to do that. Wigs? Hats? Bare head? Your choice! 

Click here to download your A4 photo sign

3. Get a bit more creative with a video for Social Media. We like the idea of a simple video that perhaps shows two sides to alopecia, knowing that many of us often present ourselves in different ways with our alopecia. As Naomi has shown in her sample video 'This is me AND This is me'. 

(Naomi has even created this helpful guide advising how to make your own videos - for the less tech-savvy amongst us - Amy included!!)

You can be as inventive and creative with the #ThisIsMe theme as you want. It's always helpful for us to have a specific hashtag to run with each September and we think #ThisIsMe can be a strong message that we hope will empower lots of you to get involved this September. 

As the song goes, "I'm not scared to be seen, I make no apologies, this is me". 

Take a look at our blog post to read all about why we chose 'This Is Me' as our theme this September.