RA Awareness Week 2018

Thank you for your interest in Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week (RAAW) 18-24th June 2018.

This is an important week in the NRAS calendar. As the name suggests, its aim is to raise awareness and challenge misconceptions and attitudes people may have around rheumatoid arthritis (RA). By dedicating a week to raising awareness, we aim to broaden perceptions, knowledge and understanding of this disease.

This year, the theme is #ReframeRA. There can be confusion around the public’s perception of what rheumatoid arthritis is, which can impact their reaction when a person with RA tells them about their disease. We want to #ReframeRA, to educate and inform the public about exactly what the disease is and how it impacts those with the condition, as well as their friends, family, colleagues and health care professionals.

We will be highlighting this throughout the week with personal stories and exploring different perspectives from people living with RA; friends, family, co-workers, and the public to raise awareness and challenge misconceptions. In addition, we plan to launch lots of exciting content and materials to help the RA community in all areas of living with RA.

Here are the topics that we will be focusing on during the week, please keep an eye out for and share with your friends as much as you can:


Why RA Matters


Health Awareness and Early Diagnosis


Invisible Illness – Signs, Symptoms and Management


Invisible Illness – Signs, Symptoms and Management




Health and Wellbeing – Hints and Tips


Mental Health

How can you get involved?

  • Send us your personal video entries as detailed here
  • Spread the word on Social Media
    • Use our tag #ReframeRA on social media
    • Add the RAAW frame to your profile picture on Facebook (click here to change yours)
    • Spread the word by sharing and re-tweeting our posts and videos – follow us!
    • ROAR for RAAW – post a selfie on social media of you, your child, your dog, your cat etc. ‘roaring’ for RAAW and hashtag the selfie #ReframeRA
  • Raise funds for NRAS – we have included a fundraising guide in this pack to help you with this
  • Arrange a meeting with your MP or write to them – step-by-step guide available on nras.org.uk/campaign

Your contribution will make a huge difference. Thank you for helping us raise the profile of RA!

RA Awareness Week 2018 is taking place from 18th June to 24th June 2018. We are very excited to be building off the back of last year’s campaign (#behindthesmile) and raise even more awareness of this invisible illness and impact on those that have it. But we need your help!