October is a busy month for health awareness observances. We’re highlighting two in particular.
First, we are right in the middle of Mental Illness Awareness Week, which runs from October 3-9m. It’s sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which offers a vast library of resources on the various illnesses and support programs, along with many other tools and resources. In line with this, October 7 is National Depression Sreening Day.
Next, we call your attention to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). The NBCAM site is a partnership of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to screening services. While the site documents activities around Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is also a year-round resource for breast cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and the general public.
This is an opportune time to present one of our favorite video clips, which was performed by staff at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Other health and wellness observances for the month include:
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
National Physical Therapy Month
Dental Hygiene Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October 18-24 – National Drug-Free Work Week


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