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.
Brain Injury Awareness Month The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) leads the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month in March of each year. Please visit BIAA’s website for information about brain injury and to explore their resources.
Brain Awareness Week (March 15 – 21, 2021) Brain Awareness Week began in 1996 and since its founding 25 years ago, has evolved into a global education initiative involving 7,300 partners in 117 countries. Please visit brainawareness.org to learn more about this work.
National Nutrition Month® National Nutrition Month® was first created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 1973 as National Nutrition Week and became a month-long observance in 1980. The theme for 2021 is Personalize Your Plate, which promotes creating nutritious meals to meet individuals’ cultural and personal food preferences. In addition to this initiative, the eatright.org website contains information about food, health and fitness for all ages, as well as information on food safety.
National Sleep Awareness Month Visit the Sleep Foundation website for information on sleep health, the science of sleep, and more.
National Sleep Awareness Week (March 14-20, 2021) The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) launched this campaign in 1998 to raise awareness about the importance of sleep for optimal health and wellbeing. Read about sleep health topics and more on the NSF website.
Black History Month Mental Health America recognizes Black History Month by highlighting Black and African American contributions to mental health, along with discussing the history of systemic racism in the mental health system for Black communities. Read and hear Black voices speak on mental health, view resources, and more via the Mental Health America website.
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 22 – 26, 2021) The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Please visit NEDA’s website to learn more and explore their resources.