National Heath Awareness Months List


Every month usually has an “awareness” campaign associated with it. A time of year, when during that month or week that organization combines their efforts to get information out to the public. For example October is Lupus Awareness Month and also Breast Cancer Awareness. You might notice more public service advertisments, or local fundraising walks in your area during these months. I thought it was interesting and important to have 1 list with all the national health awareness months. I have listed what I could find below. It is so important for all patients to support each other.

January- Cervical Health Awareness; National Eye Care; Thyroid Awareness; National Folic Acid Awareness
February– American Heart; National Children’s Dental Health; AMD/Low Vision Awareness
March– National Nutrition; Colorectal Cancer Awareness; National Brain Injury Awareness; National Endometriosis Awareness; National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness
April – Cancer Control, Stress Awareness; Alcohol Awareness; Counseling Awareness; Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness; National Autism Awareness; National Child Abuse Prevention; National Donate Life; National Sarcoidosis Awareness; Occupational Therapy; (the 5th) A Day To End Sexual Violence
May– Osteoporosis Prevention; Physical Fitness and Sports; Mental Health; High Blood Pressure Education; Asthma and Allergy Awareness; Clean Air; Lyme Disease Awareness; Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness; National Celiac Disease Awareness; National Neurofibromatosis, EDS
June– Myasthenia Gravis Awareness; National Aphasia Awareness; Home Safety; National Scleroderma Awareness
July– Hemochromatosis Awareness; International Group B Strep Awareness; UV Safety
August– Cataract Awareness; National Immunization Awareness; Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness, Psoriasis Awareness
September– National Cholesterol Education, Healthy Aging; National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery; National Pediculosis Prevention Month/ Head Lice Prevention; Reye’s Syndrome Awareness; 9 – 15th National Suicide Prevention Week and 10th STOP A Suicide Today Day
October– National Breast Cancer Awareness; Halloween Safety; Lupus Awareness; National Celiac Disease Awareness; National Dental Hygiene; National Disability Employment Awareness; National Down Syndrome Awareness; National Family Sexuality Education Month / Let’s Talk; National Spina Bifida Awareness; Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness
November– National Alzheimer’s Disease; American Diabetes; Jaw Joints – TMJD Awareness; Prematurity Awareness (Birth); National Adoption; National Family Caregivers; National Healthy Skin; National Hospice Palliative Care; Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness
December- Safe Toys and Gifts; 1 – 7th National Aplastic Anemia and MDS Awareness Week; 2 – 8th National Hand Washing Awareness Week
This list is provided for informational purposes only. If you found it helpful, please feel free to LINK to this page. © 2008
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* We did the best we could to compile a list from multiple sources and we checked with many of the foundations represented for accuracy. We would love for this to be a complete list and a resource tool. If you have any additions to the list please feel free to contact us to add it.

  • lilfarfa

    October is also Dysautonomia Awareness Month

  • Tam

    Thank you for the list but you left out NATIONAL CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH for Sept.

  • REL

    I didn’t even realize my OWN illness (myasthenia gravis) HAD an awareness month! Thanks for the list!

  • Cristina

    October 10th is also World Mental Health Day!

  • I have fam members w/ breast cancer…and I think it is SO important! However…SO is lupus and every other illness!! What if each illness got like 2 weeks to itself and then overlapped the rest of the time? There has to be a solution…

  • Christine,
    Thanks for the great comprehensive list of awareness weeks!
    That must have taken lots of energy (or should I say “spoons”?) to put together! 🙂

  • Cori Lewis

    Is any one else frustrated that Lupus awareness month is shadowed by Breast Cancer. Don’t get me wrong, I support Breast Cancer and I have several friends who are survivors, but I am ready to make Lupus a known disease… i don’t want to have to explain it to everyone. how do we get it out there? How do we make purple ribbons just as known as the pink one????