The new year is a time when many people set personal goals for health and happiness, as well as broader goals for making the world a better place. If helping others is an important part of the goals you have set for 2015, then learning more about the physical or mental health issues that impact people all around the world can be a useful place to start.
Below, we have assembled a list of health awareness months and days in 2015 that aim to raise awareness about specific mental health issues, from Alzheimer’s to posttraumatic stress (PTSD). Can you relate to any of the issues listed below? Do you know anyone affected by these conditions?
To learn more, follow the links to the sponsoring organization or government agency for information about the condition, the event, sponsored activities, hashtag campaign information for social media, and general media relations information. We believe we can change the world one person at a time by reducing the stigma surrounding mental health conditions, raising awareness, and connecting individuals with helpful resources that address their own mental health concerns or those of a loved one. Help us make 2015 a better year for mental health for all!
- National Stalking Awareness Month: Sponsored by National Center for Victims of Crime
- Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: Sponsored by the Break the Cycle
- National Nutrition Month: Sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- National Problem Gambling Awareness Month: Sponsored by the National Council on Problem Gambling
- Brain Injury Awareness Month: Sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of America
- Social Work Month: Sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers
- World Bipolar Day on Monday, March 30, 2015: Sponsored by the International Bipolar Foundation
- Alcohol Awareness Month: Sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
- Autism Awareness Month: Sponsored by the Autism Society
- National Child Abuse Prevention Month: Sponsored by the Children’s Bureau
- Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month: Sponsored by Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
- National Stress Awareness Month: Sponsored by Federal Occupational Health
- Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action on Tuesday, April 7, 2015: Sponsored by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center
- National Stroke Awareness Month: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Mental Health Month: Sponsored by Mental Health America
- Men’s Health Month: Sponsored by Men’s Health Network
- National Aphasia Awareness Month: Sponsored by the National Aphasia Association
- LGBT Pride Month: Sponsored by GLAAD
- National PTSD Awareness Month: Sponsored by the National Center for PTSD
- National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Women’s Equality Day on Wednesday, August 26, 2015: Sponsored by the National Women’s History Museum
- National Recovery Month: Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- World Alzheimer’s Month: Sponsored by Alzheimer’s Disease International
- National Yoga Awareness Month: Sponsored by the Yoga Health Foundation
- World Suicide Prevention Day on Thursday, September 10, 2015: Sponsored by the International Association for Suicide Prevention
- Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Sponsored by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- National Bullying Prevention Month: Sponsored by the PACER Center, Inc.
- ADHD Awareness Month: Sponsored by the ADHD Coaches Organization
- National Coming Out Day on Sunday, October 11, 2015: Sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign
- National Family Caregivers Month: Sponsored by the Caregiver Action Network
- Epilepsy Awareness Month: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month: Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association
- International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day on Saturday, November 21, 2015: Sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- World AIDS Day on Tuesday, December 1, 2015: Sponsored by the UNAIDS
Did We Miss One?
We tried our best to find health observance months and days sponsored or supported by nonprofit organizations or international or government agencies. If we left one off our list, please leave a comment below and tell us about your health observance month or day so we can add it to our calendar and provide our readers with relevant content about the issue.
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