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 Health Month Mental Health America’s “May is Mental Health Month” theme for 2021 again focuses on Tools2Thrive, providing practical tools to improve mental health and increase resiliency. Download the 2021 Mental Health Toolkit here; toolkits from past years can be accessed here.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Observed annually in May, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month celebrates the contributions that generations of AAPIs have made to American history, society, and culture; please visit asianpacificheritage.gov to learn more. Mental Health America provides information and resources on demographics, mental health issues and health disparities faced by Asian American and Pacific Islanders on their website.
Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 2-8, 2021) National Federation of Families recognizes Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (CMHAW) in 2021 with the theme “Flip the Script on Mental Health”. Resources and further information, including activities for children, youth and families can be found here.
National Women’s Health Week (May 9-15, 2021) Beginning each year on Mother’s Day, National Women’s Health Week is celebrated to encourage women and girls to make their health a priority. Tips on staying active and healthy are provided on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
National Stuttering Awareness Week (May 10-15, 2021) The Stuttering Foundation works towards the prevention and improved treatment of stuttering. Visit their website for more information and activities to celebrate National Stuttering Awareness Week.
World Hand Hygiene Day (May 5, 2021) Learn more about this annual campaign via the World Health Organization (WHO) website.
National Senior Health Fitness Day ® (May 26, 2021, Spring Event) The nation’s largest older adult health and wellness event enters its 28th year in 2021. Please visit fitnessday.com to learn more.
National Minority Health Month This year, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) focuses on the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on racial and ethnic minority and American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The theme for 2021 is #VaccineReady. Please visit their website to learn more.
National Autism Acceptance Month The Autism Society of America, the nation’s oldest leading grassroots autism organization, recognizes Autism Acceptance Month in April 2021 with its “Celebrate Differences” campaign. You can learn more about this annual celebration and view further resources and information on autism by visiting their website.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month The US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Children’s Bureau recognizes 2021 National Child Abuse Prevention Month with the theme Thriving Children and Families: Prevention With Purpose. Visit their website to learn more and download the Child Abuse Prevention Month Outreach Toolkit.
National Public Health Week (April 5-11, 2021) The American Public Health Association (APHA) observes the first full week of April every year to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight important issues towards improving our nation’s health. Visit APHA’s website to view daily themes and fact sheets.
Every Kid Healthy™ Week (April 26-30, 2021) Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created in 2013 to celebrate school health and wellness achievements. Each day during this observance highlights a specific health topic; please visit the Action for Healthy Kids website for more information.
World Health Day (April 7, 2021) Learn more by visiting the World Health Organization (WHO) website.