National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a collaboration 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 services. At the NBCAM, you can find links to organizations participating in Breast Cancer Awareness activities and outreach. Find resources on breast cancer from the American Cancer Society. Find a local low-cost or free Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection screening services. An estimated 8 to 11 percent of women in the U.S. who are underinsured or uninsured may qualify for services.
Mental Illness Awareness Week 2012: Oct. 7-13, 2012 – Since 1990, the first full week of October has been declared as Mental Illness Awareness Week in recognition of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s (NAMI) efforts to raise mental illness awareness. This year’s theme is “Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives.” NAMI’s site offers great information and resources on specific types of mental illnesses.
National Bullying Prevention Month – access a variety of resources you can use during October — and throughout the year — to engage, educate, and inspire others to join the movement and prevent bullying where you live. Many states and local governments have taken action to prevent bullying and protect children. Through laws and policies, each state addresses bullying differently. Find out how your state refers to bullying in its laws and what they require on part of schools and districts. Use this clickable map to learn about your state’s bullying laws and policies. Also, see warning signs a child is being bullied and signs a child is bullying others.
October 22 – Stuttering Awareness Day – The Stuttering Foundation offers a variety of resources, including facts and case histories of famous people who stutter. They offer a specific set of stuttering resources for employers, including 6 Tips For Speaking With Someone Who Stutters and a state-by-state list of speech pathologists. See also: Job Seekers Who Stutter Can Become Great Employees
Other Health Observances in October
Health Literacy Month
Eye Injury Prevention Month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week October 12-20
esi.JPG Learn how ESI Employee Assistance Program can help address your employees’ health – from a wellness benefits and help for everyday work-life matters to comprehensive assistance for a wide array of potentially disruptive issues and problems.

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