November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. This month of awareness is dedicated to sharing important information about the disease and highlighting stories of patients, survivors, and their families. Every year research and advocacy organizations unite to raise awareness and educate the public about risk factors, causes, and treatments for lung cancer, which effects over 220,000 Americans each year.
In October 1988, President Ronald Reagan Proclaimed October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. “When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world. It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes.”
Today is World Mental Health Day. Around the world we are having tough conversations about mental health, educating, advocating, and spreading awareness. This isn’t easy, it’s a call to courage, to recognize that you may need help, the courage to ask for help, the courage to talk out loud about your mental health. With each conversation, we help.
Every year, the month of October is observed for National Breast Cancer Awareness in order to shine a light on the disease and encourage early detection.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) was founded in October of 1985 and was aimed to promote mammography which is the most effective tool in the fight against breast cancer. This yearly international health campaign is organized by breast cancer charities every October to raise awareness of the disease and increase funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and one day, a cure. NBCAM drives to educate the public about the importance of early screening, testing, and more.
National Recovery Month is celebrated every September to help bring attention and a better understanding of mental and substance use disorders and to commemorate those who have recovered from these disorders. Recovery Month also educates us that mental health services and treatments help those with substance or mental disorders to have a happy and healthy life.