8. Aug, 2016

The 2016 International Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week Artwork

Why no sleepy images?

We have been very fortunate to have Talinka Hill a talented Brisbane graphic artist design the artwork for this year’s IHAW. The theme for this year’s Awareness Week is “Improving quality of life” this follows on from Hypersomnolence Australia’s campaign “Help us change the prognosis”.

The focus of the 2016 Idiopathic Hypersomnia Awareness Week is to raise awareness of the need to acknowledge the impact Idiopathic Hypersomnia has on a patient’s life and how the consequences of that can make the symptoms more difficult to manage. We believe the key to improving quality of life is by taking a holistic, or “whole” approach to treatment. Patients can very easily neglect areas of their life, including interpersonal relationships and also other health issues because the symptoms of Idiopathic Hypersomnia are so consuming. When this happens it sets off a domino effect that often results in patients struggling to cope emotionally, psychologically, as well as physically.

We want to emphasise the importance of the support and understanding of family, friends and health professionals in the overall wellbeing of those with Idiopathic Hypersomnia and we want people to understand that patients need help and practical support to manage their day to day lives.

Therefore the people in the artwork represent the supportive community that is necessary for improving quality of life. Overall the artwork depicts hope and the brighter future we wish for everyone with Idiopathic Hypersomnia