Mental Health Awareness in November
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 14 Comments
November includes N-24 Awareness Day
Along with Advocacy & Awareness
for many other mental health (and related) issues
by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Part of the ADD/ADHD Cormidities series
It takes one person to make a difference —
just think of what thousands can do.
~ Psychology Today 2016 Awareness Calendar
Mark your blogging calendars
Another month of many days designed to remind us all to spread awareness and acceptance to help overcome the STIGMA associated with “invisible disabilities” and cognitive challenges — as well as to remain grateful as we prepare for the upcoming holidays. Start drafting your own awareness posts now.
Each month is peppered with a great many special dates dedicated to raising awareness about important emotional, physical and psychological health issues. Scroll down for the November dates, highlighting important days and weeks that impact mental health — as well as those remaining active for the entire month.
Also included on the list following the calendar below are awareness and advocacy reminders for health problems that intersect, exacerbate or create problems with cognition, mood and attention management. (The calendar is not my own, btw, so not all mental health awareness events linked below it are included.)
If I’ve missed anything, please let me know in the comments below so that I can add it to the list.
Attention Bloggers: If you write (or have written) an article that adds content to any of these categories — or other mental health related days in November — please leave us all a link in the comment section. I will move it into its appropriate place on the list in the article, or into the Related Content section.
And please feel free to reblog this post if time runs short.
Awareness in November
Remember, mental health & attentional challenges are NOT always genetic.
The attentional struggles you will hear or read about most frequently are exhibited by individuals diagnosed with one of the ADD/ADHD varietals, usually associated with a genetic component – but EVERYONE struggling with mental health issues, TBI and addiction has attentional struggles that ride the draft.
Almost everyone experiences situational deficits of attention and cognition any time the number of events requiring our attention and focus exceeds our ability to attend. Situational challenges are those transitory lapses that occur whenever our ability to attend is temporarily impaired – when there are too many items competing for focus at the same time.
Just a FEW Examples:
Cognitive lapses and attentional struggles frequently occur when the brain is temporarily impaired or underfunctioning due to:
- Medication, alcohol or other substances
- Grief or other strong emotional responses
- Stress, especially prolonged stress
- Sleep deprivation
- Too much to do and too little time (juggling problems)
NOW let’s take a look at what else for which November is noted.
Thanks to Terri Mauro, Parenting Special Needs Expert from the VeryWell.com site for many of the links that formed the genesis of the Awareness articles. Other links to other lists can be found below (in the Related Content section at the bottom of the majority of my articles), with my appreciation.
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Awareness and Advocacy Dates for November
Remember: If you write (or have written) an article that adds content to any of these categories, feel free to leave a link in the comment section and I will move it into its appropriate category.
National Family Caregivers Month
Caregiver Action Network
(Honoring all the family and friends who do whatever they can and whatever they must to help)
Autistics Speaking Day – November 1
Autistics Speaking Day
World Kindness Day – November 13, 2016
(included to remind us all that STIGMA, judgment and “tough love” are unkind)
Veterans Day – November 11, 2016
(included to remind us all to honor the brave men and woman who keep us safe at home –
MANY of whom are struggling with PTSD)
Related Posts on this site:
When Fear Becomes Entrenched & Chronic
Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) Awareness
American Diabetes Month
American Diabetes Association
. . . and . . .
World Diabetes Day – November 14, 2016
(included NOT ONLY because I lost 2 siblings to diabetes, but because we all need to be aware that fluctuating blood sugar can manifest in mental health challenges – attention as well as mood)
International Day for Tolerance – November 16, 2016
(included because – well YEAH – intolerance is undeniably NUTS!)
The Great American Smoke Out – November 17, 2016
(because smoking is seriously rotten for your brain)
Related Post on this site: Smoking and ADD – why it’s so HARD to quit
International Survivors of Suicide Day – November 19, 2016
(always the third Saturday in November)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Related Posts on this site:
Suicidal Kids linked to ADD/ADHD more than Depression
Focus on Suicide Prevention
Non-24 Sleep/Wake Disorders – Duh! November 24th
CSD-N.org — The Website of the Circadian Sleep Disorders Network
Related Posts on this site:
When Your Sleep Clock is Broken
Non-Profit Supporting Broken Sleep Clock
Living with JetLag: JetLagged for LIFE – my own story
November 24 is N-24 Awareness Day
ADD Poster Girl Day – November 29th
(Okay, so it’s my birthday – but a good day to remind everyone that I don’t write these posts from a lofty perch in some well-appointed ivory tower).
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