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.
Mental Illness Awareness Week Each year, the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) focuses on the first week in October to educate the public, fight stigma and provide support. This year’s theme is “Together for Mental Health”, with a focus on the importance of advocating for better care for people with serious mental illness (SMI).
World Mental Health Day (October 10)
National ADHD Awareness Month Focus is on raising awareness of ADHD, removing the stigma, and highlighting the available supports that enable individuals and families to thrive with ADHD.
National Bullying Prevention Month Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage schools, communities and organizations to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying and put an end to hatred and racism by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of all forms of bullying on all children of all ages.
Domestic Violence Prevention Month
National Suicide Prevention Month We can all help prevent suicide. Every year mental health organizations and individuals across the U.S. and around the world raise awareness of suicide prevention during September, National Suicide Prevention Month.
National Recovery Month Now in its 32nd year, 2021 National Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those living in recovery.
September Pain Awareness Month The first Pain Awareness Month was in 2001, when the ACPA led a coalition of groups to establish September as Pain Awareness Month. ACPA established Partners for Understanding Pain and 80 organizations, both health care professionals and consumer groups, including the NAACP supported the effort.
Additional September Seasonal Resources
Back to School: Toolkit for Managing Back to School During COVID-19
Alzheimers – World Alzheimer’s Month
Healthy Aging Month