April 2017: Mental Health Awareness
Sunday, April 2, 2017 69 Comments
Special days & weeks in April
Along with Advocacy & Awareness
for mental health related issues
(and a calendar for the month!)
Posting a day late so nobody shouts, April Fools!
by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Part of the ADD/ADHD Cormidities series
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Many days of the year have been set aside every month to promote awareness or advocacy of an issue, illness, disability, or special-needs related cause. It has – or will – affect most of us at some point in our lives.
The World Health Organization [WHO] has identified mental illness as a growing cause of disability worldwide. They predict that, in the future, mental illness – and depression in particular – will be the top cause of disability.
That’s globally, by the way. There has been an 18% increase in depression alone in the decade from 2005 to 2015.
In addition to a calendar for the current month, each Awareness post offers a list highlighting important days and weeks that impact and intersect with mental health issues.
Included on every Awareness Month list at ADDandSoMuchMORE.com are awareness and advocacy reminders for health problems that intersect, exacerbate or create problems with cognition, mood, memory, follow-through and attention management.
There are quite a few events in April, so I haven’t lengthened the post by adding text to explain them all. Instead, I have added links to related posts, blogs and websites with explanations, for those of you who are interested in learning more – or considering blogging about these issues (make sure you come back and leave a link if you do).
If I’ve missed anything, please let me know
in a comment so that I can add it to the list below.
May 2017 be the year
when EVERYONE becomes aware of
the crying need for upgraded Mental Health Awareness
— especially at the top!
Stay tuned for more articles about Executive Functioning struggles and management throughout the year (and check out the Related Posts for a great many already published).
IMPORTANT: All links were active at the time I created this document, and I tried to limit the number of “.gov” sites and sites with federally funded content.
Since the American president is busily removing government content that doesn’t support his agenda, I can’t promise that off-site links will still be active when you click – or how much of the original content will remain.
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 add it to the post’s Related Content.
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Awareness and Advocacy Events for April
(Mental Health & those that intersect with or create cognitive challenges)
Counseling Awareness Month
American Counseling Association
The Difference between Therapy and Coaching
Can This ADDer be Saved? [Part 1 of 4]
The Value of Comprehensive Coach Training
TinkerToy on Brain-based Coaching
10 Simple Coaching Questions to Consider
National Autism Awareness Month
World Autism Awareness DAY – April 2
Autism Society of America
Until Everyone Understands (great, short video)
Psychology Today Looks at Autism
CDC on Vaccines and Autism (Center for Disease Control)
Research shows that thimerosal does not cause ASD. … Since 2003, there have been nine CDC-funded or conducted studies that have found no link between thimerosal-containing vaccines and ASD, as well as no link between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and ASD in children.
Related Podcast: BI 25: Books and Ideas; Vaccines DO NOT cause Autism (Interview with expert researcher & scientist Dr. Paul Offit, MD, on Vaccine Safety, also posted to the Brain Science Podcast)
Autism advocates: leave a link to your Awareness Post
in a comment below & I’ll add them to the post:
An autistic’s perspective: What IS Autism?
Autism awareness can lower a few raised eyebrows
Out of the Autistic Closet: the Psy Celebrates Autism Awareness Month
Additional advocate links will go here
Alcohol Awareness Month: NCADD
National Alcohol Screening DAY – April 6, 2017
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
NCADD about Awareness Month 2017
Psychology Today Looks at Alcoholism
Each April since 1987, over 30 years now, NCADD has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month to reduce stigma, increase public awareness and understanding and encourage local communities to focus on alcoholism
This year’s theme: “Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Recovery. A comprehensive approach to addressing underage drinking” — hoping to give kids a better understanding of the impact that alcohol can have on their lives.
Organ procurement and transplant organizations sponsor special awareness events and donor recognition ceremonies to promote donation awareness and registration.
In 2003, a week-long observance was extended to embrace the entire month. Every day in April people across the U.S. make a special effort to celebrate the generosity of those who have given the gift of life by becoming donors — and to encourage more Americans to sign those donor registration cards!
Were you aware that you could leave organs specifically? Neuroscientists and researchers need brain donations – especially from those who died from or struggled with brain-related illnesses.
Related Post: Good news on brain-aging from The Nun Study.
Occupational therapy practitioners include mental health as part of their treatment, no matter what the condition is. They also help people with mental illness to function in their daily lives.
Related post: ABOUT ADD/EFD and Stress
Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness Month
SAA – Spondylitis Association of America
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 2.7 million adults in the US live with spondylitis, making it more common than multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) — combined.
Typically, spondylitis causes pain and stiffness, and in severe cases, can result in fusion of the spine and/or neck, leading to disability, including cognitive struggles. Most of the damage occurs in the first 10 years.
“Our biggest challenge is to create awareness for the disease, so people who have persistent back pain can seek an accurate diagnosis, especially young people,” says Laurie Savage, SAA’s Executive Director.
Since it is an inflammatory condition and not caused by injury, it will not go away on its own. Starting treatment early is essential to ensure the best possible outcomes and the highest quality of life. Currently, the average time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis is between 7 and 10 years.
Limb Loss Awareness Month
A resource for the many PTSD and trauma victims who may have lost limbs, adding to the challenges they must learn to work round – especially our veterans returning from war, and their families. The non-profit Coalition offers a great deal of support and targeted information.
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2017 Campaign Overview
Outreach to new voices. We can all raise our voices to change the culture to one that no longer supports sexual violence. We need to focus on addressing the root causes and social norms that allow sexual violence to exist — and the focus could NEVER be more timely, given the most recent election campaign comments.
Sexual violence leaves lasting scars — mental health struggles that are sometimes life-long. This April they’re calling on groups whose influence can play a critical role in changing causes by changing norms.
So how ’bout it writers and bloggers? Coaches?
We can use more men in this effort, for sure!
National Infertility Awareness Week
April 23 – 29, 2017
NIAW: National Infertility Awareness Week Website
Anxiety and depression are the biggest mental health challenges facing the struggle with infertility.
Events to protect & nurture our children,
mentally & physically
Month of the Military Child
Related post: The Unique Loneliness of the Military Family
Related post: Red Carpet
Youth Sports Safety Month
BSA on Sports Safety Month (Boy Scouts)
Avoiding head injuries is the most important part of keeping sports safe — especially for kids. Broken bones heal. Sometimes broken brains do not.
National Youth Violence Prevention Week
April 3-7, 2017
The Peace Alliance Factsheet
American communities dealing effectively with youth crime, violence, bullying, school delinquency and other related issues which focus on prevention and healing-oriented interventions.
WalkAmerica March of Dimes
March of Dimes
National Family Volunteer Week
April 23-29, 2017
Wikipedia article about the Week
Related Post: The Importance of Community to Health
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