Psoriasis Awareness Week 2020
This year's event runs from Thursday 29th October (World Psoriasis Day) to Wednesday 4th November.
Please use the links below to navigate to the relevant section.
- Supporters pack
- Digital media pack
- Digital toolkit
- Help raise awareness of psoriasis in Parliament
- 'Psoriasis, COVID-19 and Me' - FREE webinar
- Plaque psoriasis - Thursday 29th October
- Scalp psoriasis - Friday 30th October
- Guttate psoriasis - Monday 2nd November
- Pustular psoriasis - Tuesday 3rd November
- Psoriatic arthritis and nail psoriasis - Wednesday 4th November
Psoriasis Awareness Week runs annually and aims to raise awareness of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. 2020's theme is different types of psoriasis.
Did you know that psoriasis can take several different forms? Over the course of Psoriasis Awareness Week, we will take a closer look at the types of psoriasis which we are most commonly asked about on our helpline, the ways in which they are treated, and the impact they can have on people's lives.
We'll be updating this page regularly as we get closer to World Psoriasis Day, so don't forget to check back nearer the time to find out more about what we have planned. In the meantime, why not download our supporters pack and digital media pack, check out our digital toolkit and register for our FREE webinar 'Psoriasis, COVID-19 and Me', taking place on Wednesday 4th November?
We want to get as many people as possible – including schools, workplaces, communities and health professionals - involved in this year’s Psoriasis Awareness Week.
To help you participate fully, we have designed a handy Supporters Pack for you to download for inspiration.
The pack contains information on all the ways you can get involved during the week, tips and suggestions for raising awareness online, hosting a virtual fundraising event, and simply how to join in with the conversation.
Download your pack here
Help us to raise awareness of the different types of psoriasis by sharing your own experiences too!
Digital media pack
To help you support Psoriasis Awareness Week 2020 on social media, we have created a full digital media pack for you to download.
Why not share a photo of yourself alongside a caption
talking about your psoriasis and how it impacts
you? Or a video of yourself speaking about your
experiences of psoriasis? Alternatively, what about sharing one of our
social media posts to your profile?
However you'd prefer to get involved, this pack's got you covered!
Download your pack here
Don't forget use our campaign hashtags #KnowYourPso and #PAW2020 in your posts and tag us @PsoriasisUK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We have created a range of downloadable assets for you to use on your
social media channels to show your support for Psoriasis
Awareness Week 2020. Just click on the images in the gallery below and save the ones you'd like to use. There are different shapes and sizes available for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Help raise awareness of psoriasis in Parliament
This Psoriasis Awareness Week, we need your help to raise awareness of psoriasis amongst MPs!
Sir Edward Leigh MP, the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin, has kindly agreed to host an Early Day Motion (EDM) in Parliament which makes reference to Psoriasis Awareness Week, recognises the vital work of the Psoriasis Association, and calls upon the Government to investigate ways to improve access to all relevant healthcare professionals for people with psoriasis whose essential treatment has been unfairly delayed by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We need as many parliamentary representatives as possible to get involved, so please do contact your local MP to let them know you are supporting Psoriasis Awareness Week and to ask them to sign EDM #1049.
You can read the text of the Early Day Motion or see whether your local MP has already signed it here.
You can find out who your local MP is here.
You may also want to tweet your MP (Find out if they have a Twitter handle here.) A suggested tweet could be:
@[MPNAME] - Please support EDM 1049 which recognises Psoriasis Awareness Week 2020 and asks the Government to improve access to all relevant healthcare professionals for people with psoriasis during the COVID-19 pandemic https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/57613 #PAW2020
Please do write to your local MP and tell them about the issues you have faced with psoriasis. We have also put together a template letter which you can download, personalise and send to your MP.
It will be great to get as many MPs signing the EDM as possible to help raise awareness of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis ahead of Awareness Week. The more MPs that are aware they have a constituent with psoriasis, the more weight will be added further down the political line.
'Psoriasis, COVID-19 and Me' - FREE webinar
The Psoriasis Association is delighted to have teamed up with St John's Derm Academy to bring you ‘Psoriasis, COVID-19 and Me’, an online evening of informative talks about the impact of the pandemic on people who are living with psoriasis.
The webinar will feature discussion from psoriasis experts Prof. Jonathan Barker, Prof. Catherine Smith and Dr Satveer Mahil. Our Chief Executive, Helen McAteer, will also be speaking about some of the challenges of living with psoriasis during the pandemic.
During the evening you will hear new insights from PsoProtect and PsoProtectMe, the registries behind vital research into COVID-19 and psoriasis. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask the panel any questions they may have in the Q&A session which follows.
The webinar will be between 5.30pm and 7pm on Wednesday 4th November 2020, the final day of Psoriasis Awareness Week. It is a free event to join, although those wishing to attend will need to register in advance and spaces are limited. You can sign up here, after which you will receive a confirmation email with details for how to join.
It has been a difficult year for us and for the charity sector as a whole and we have been very grateful for the continued support of our fundraisers and donors. If at all possible, please do consider making a valuable donation to support our work in providing the most up to date and relevant information for people with psoriasis.
To register for 'Psoriasis, COVID-19 and Me' and get your link please click here
Plaque psoriasis – Thursday 29th
On Thursday 29th October (World Psoriasis Day),
we will kick off Psoriasis Awareness Week by focusing on plaque psoriasis – the
most common form of psoriasis.
Most people with psoriasis have plaque psoriasis, either
alone or in combination with another type. It gets its name from the ‘plaques’
that are formed by the build-up of skin cells. These can be very red, itchy and
sore, with white or silvery scales.
As well as providing more information about
plaque psoriasis and sharing a real-life story, our experts will be answering
some of the questions you submitted during the recent psoriasis Priority
Setting Partnership (PSP) exercise.
Scalp psoriasis – Friday 30th October
Friday 30th October will see us move our focus to
psoriasis. The scalp is one of the areas of the body which is most commonly
affected by psoriasis.
Scalp psoriasis usually involves a thick build-up of plaques
of skin, which may cause dandruff-like flakes to fall. It may also be visible
around the hairline, on the forehead, neck and behind the ears. It can make the
scalp feel itchy and tight, and severe cases can cause temporary thinning of
the hair, which can be resolved with effective treatment of the psoriasis.
We will be bringing you our top tips for
managing scalp psoriasis, alongside more information about the condition and a
story from one of our supporters about life with scalp psoriasis too.
Guttate psoriasis – Monday 2nd
Monday 2nd November will see the spotlight on guttate
psoriasis – a type of psoriasis which is particularly common in
children, teenagers and younger adults.
Guttate psoriasis is also known as ‘tear drop’ or ‘rain
drop’ psoriasis because of its appearance. Guttate spots are often a bright
pink or red on fair skin types, whilst people with darker skin types may notice
less reddening and more darkening. There may also be some fine scaling on
Guttate psoriasis is usually widespread across the torso,
back and limbs, and clears up after several weeks or months. It is often
triggered by a streptococcal throat infection.
We will be holding a guttate psoriasis Q&A
with Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Julia Schofield on Monday 2nd November, to answer your pre-submitted questions! The Q&A
will be accompanied by a guttate psoriasis infographic and a story from someone with first-hand
experience of the condition too.
Pustular psoriasis – Tuesday 3rd
psoriasis will be our focus on Tuesday 3rd November. This
is a kind of psoriasis where small white or yellow blisters (pustules) appear
on top of very red or darkened skin.
There are two different types of pustular psoriasis: Palmoplantar Pustulosis (PPP), which
affects only the palms of the hands and/or soles of the feet; and Generalised Pustular Psoriasis (GPP)
which looks similar to PPP but is usually widespread across the body, rather
than confined to a particular area.
Both types of pustular psoriasis can be painful and –
particularly when the palms of the hands and soles of the feet are affected –
can make walking and other everyday activities difficult.
We will be bringing you a Q&A with one of
our Psoriasis Association-funded researchers, who will explain more about their
important research into pustular psoriasis. We will have more information and a
real-life story to share too.
Psoriatic arthritis and nail psoriasis –
Wednesday 4th November
On the final day of Psoriasis Awareness Week, we will look
arthritis – an inflammatory arthritis which is associated with
psoriasis – and nail
psoriasis, which affects up to 50% of all people with psoriasis and
up to 80% of people with psoriatic arthritis.
(PsA) affects joints (such as the knees or those in the hands and feet), as
well as areas where tendons join to bone (such as the heel and lower back).
Most people who develop psoriatic arthritis find it occurs after developing
psoriasis on their skin, but some develop the arthritis before they notice any
symptoms of psoriasis.
Nail psoriasis can
affect either the fingernails or toenails, or both. It is possible for a person
to just have psoriasis of the nails, with no other symptoms of psoriasis on the
skin. Symptoms of nail psoriasis can include discolouration of the nail,
‘pitting’ (small dents) across the surface of the nail, nails that split or
crumble easily, thickening of the nail, and nails that lift or detach
themselves from the nail bed (onycholosis).
Our activities for this day will include an update on the Psoriatic
Arthritis Priority Setting Partnership – an exercise to help find
the ‘Top 10’ questions that future psoriatic arthritis research should address.
We will also be hearing from someone who is living with psoriatic arthritis and
somebody who is living with nail psoriasis.
Finally, we will also be holding our FREE
webinar, ‘Psoriasis, COVID-19
and Me’ via Zoom from 5.30pm – 7pm, so be sure to book your
place in advance.