Former MP and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ann Widdecombe, who lives at Haytor, on the eastern edge of Dartmoor, is supporting Balance Awareness Week.
It is hoped the campaign and associated buzz on social media will get people talking about vestibular disorders, which include Meniere's disease, labyrinthitis, migraine associated vertigo and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
Ms Widdecombe, the former Conservative politician and novelist, suffered from viral labyrinthitis, where the inner ear becomes inflamed. She said: "When I tried to walk I felt as if I was swimming. I had to hold on to something whenever I walked."
Her GP advised her to keep moving and she had to learn to balance again; re-mastering walking up the stairs.
She added: "Once you have a confirmed diagnosis of labyrinthitis and you know it is nothing more serious, keep active and get on with your life, bed rest is no good."
Balance Awareness Week runs from September 16 to 22.
Natasha Harrington Benton, director of the Meniere's Society, said: "We want to defeat dizziness; that means we want to help people recognise the signs of vestibular disorders and urge them to seek help from their health professional. We also want to support sufferers by giving them the information and support to manage their condition."
The Meniere's Society is also working with groups in the USA and Australia.