Every month of the year is designated as an awareness month for at least one issue or cause. In some cases, certain dates or weeks are designated as awareness times for the particular issue of focus. Most are annual designations, some are one time only due to the important nature of the concern. The topics tackled each month may be an illness, like depression, an effort like recovery from substance use, a socially beneficial program like suicide prevention, or cause requiring focused attention. We want to share with you awareness month designations related to mental health and substance use and recovery that you may find especially helpful.
The Winter Holiday Season and COVID-19 The winter holidays can be stressful, even during the most joyful times. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live our lives, including the ways in which we socialize and celebrate long held traditions with family and friends. Click here to read an article by Mayo Clinic Staff, which offers tips on coping during the holiday season.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Also referred to as the “winter blues”, this condition can be brought about by the change in seasons and lessened daylight hours. Visit the Seasonal Affective Disorder webpages at The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Mental Health America to learn more.
Native American Heritage Month November is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Mental Health America’s Native and Indigenous Communities and Mental Health webpage shares information and statistics about mental health disparities and challenges Native people face.
National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month In 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared November to be National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. The Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America websites each provide a multitude of information and resources regarding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
National Family Caregivers Month Visit Mental Health America’s National Family Caregivers Month webpage for information and resources.
The Great American Smokeout – November 19, 2020 For over 40 years, the third Thursday in November has served as an opportunity to learn about smoking cessation and get tips in making a commitment to living a smoke free life. The American Cancer Society hosts this yearly event – click here to learn more about how you can join thousands in this personal health endeavor.
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day – November 23, 2020