National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) – 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.
See our extensive resources from last year’s post on Breast Cancer Awareness .
Health Literacy Month – “…a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. This annual, worldwide, awareness-raising event has been going strong ever since 1999 when Helen Osborne first founded it.”
Domestic Violence Awareness Month – Victims of domestic violence can be women, men, children, people of color, people with disabilities, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans, elders, Jewish people, and other marginalized groups. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) offers tools and resources ranging from a database of shelters and safety plans to help for providers and policymakers.
National Bullying Prevention Month – With a theme of “The End of Bullying Begins With you, PACER encourages action. PACER created the awareness campaign in 2006 with a one-week event which has now evolved into a month-long effort that encourages everyone to take an active role in the bullying prevention movement. PACER offers a variety of resources to use during October — and throughout the year — to inspire, educate and involve others to join the movement and prevent bullying where you live. Check out all of the different events and activities and make plans to get involved.
Down Syndrome Awareness Month – The National Down Syndrome Society says, “…we celebrate people with Down syndrome and make people aware of our abilities and accomplishments. It’s not about celebrating disabilities, it’s about celebrating abilities.” Show support by participating in the 2014 BuddyWalks near you.
Eye Injury Prevention Month
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month
National Physical Therapy Month
Dedicated weeks / days
Oct 5-11 – Mental Illness Awareness Week
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. During the first full week of October, NAMI and participants across the country are bringing awareness to mental illness. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger.
October 6-10 – Drive Safely Work Week is sponosored by The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, an employer-led public/private partnership dedicated to improving the safety and health of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur both on- and off-the-job.
October 8 – International Walk to School Day
October 16 – World Food Day
October 20-25 – National Health Education Week
October 22 – International Stuttering Awareness Day
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