Mental Health Awareness in November

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.

Jump over to Picnic with Ants to read her first post following a prompt from WEGO’s Health Activist Writers Month Challenge.

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.

Related Posts: Attentional struggles? Not ME! (wanna’ bet)
Types of Attentional Deficits

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 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.

Don’t forget that you can always check out the sidebar
for a reminder of how links work on this site, they’re subtle ==>

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 DayNovember 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 — 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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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

14 Responses to Mental Health Awareness in November

  1. Reblogged this on Kate McClelland.

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    • . . . while I was at the Cactus Pear next door, chowing down on a wonderful taco salad dish with Portobello mushrooms and black beans, having a wonderful conversation with the man who recently sold it. (Too big to finish, so lunch tomorrow is essentially free!).

      Let me say a hasty, but sincere, thank you, before I go fix Tinker’s dinner.

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      • You’re very welcome Madelyn. I love Portobello Mushrooms!


        • I adore them! Black beans too. I treat myself with that salad every once in a while – along with a meal anywhere but in front of my computer. 🙂

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  2. Lucy Brazier says:

    Excellent work as always, Madelyn – and so reassuring to know that you and others like you are putting out the word. There are a lot of resources out there and I truly hope will take the plunge and use them. Here’s to a very aware November!

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    • Thanks, Lucy. My hope is that a few will write articles on some of these topics and leave me links so I can pass their efforts along.

      Things ARE changing – slowly, and in only some arenas, but if we keep it up, who knows?

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      • Lucy Brazier says:

        It is so important that everyone keeps talking about it and keeps it in the public mind. I know some people find it hard – it would be great to get to a point where we can discuss mental health as openly and honestly as we do cancer, heart disease and the like. Huge respect to you and your peers for fighting the good fight.

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        • Thanks. As I continue to read new episodes of Who Shot Tony Blair, it makes me wonder if perhaps we need a different strategy to handle the folks who are holding us back. At the very least, they need to be captured and tied firmly to kitchen chairs!
          READERS: Do yourself a favor and join in on the fun – Porter Girl‘s latest (in process on a blog of it’s own). Especially delicious parody for those following the American election atrocities:
          Set in the future, when England “has devolved into a ragtag assembly of self-governing provinces … Elected to the position of Prime Minister of East Anglia by lottery (considered the only true method of democracy by some drunk Cambridge scholars), Lucy Wastell comes to power with the intention of reuniting her beloved country, establishing Cambridge as the new capital city and giving her chums all the top jobs. Which – considering she was a receptionist until last week – shows remarkable political nous.

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          • Lucy Brazier says:

            Aw thank you for the plug!! It is quite tongue-in-cheek humour, I do hope no readers are offended 🙂

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            • Those with countenance weak enough to be offended are not YOUR readers anyway. lololol We can all use a bit of jolly good fun in political commentary posts. 🙂
              xx, mgh

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            • Lucy Brazier says:

              Love it!! MY readers certainly are made of strong – not to mention mischievous – stuff!!

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            • All the BEST people are, in my not so humble opinion. It is probably a good indication of mental health.
              xx, mgh

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  3. Thank you for this wonderful list of resources. Much appreciated.


    • My pleasure – thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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