April 2017: Mental Health Awareness

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

Online Marketing Gurus extol the effectiveness of piggy-backing posts
onto particular events – how about one or several of the ones below?
They make GREAT writing prompts!

It takes a village to transform a world. ~ mgh

Mark your blogging calendars!

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.

Awareness Helps

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.

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 Events for April
(Mental Health & those that intersect with or create cognitive challenges)

Counseling Awareness Month
American Counseling Association

Related Posts:
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
Smorgasbord Health – Latest research into Vitamin D – Deficiency link to Autism
Autism is NOT Bad Parenting
WOW – Judy’s great big list of blogs by people on the spectrum!
(An Autism Observer)

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.

National Donate Life Month
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Donate Life America

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.

National Occupational Therapy Month
The American Occupational Therapy Association
OT on Mental Health

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.

 Stress Awareness Month
About.com Stress Management
Psychology Today: Stress Basics

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
Amputee Coalition

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 Public Health Week
April 3-9, 2017
World Health Day
April 7
World Health Organization

NPHW: American Public Health Association Division

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.

National DNA Day
April 25
National Human Genome Research Institute
Wikipedia on DNA Day

The day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953.

Events to protect & nurture our children,
mentally & physically

Month of the Military Child

Related post: The Unique Loneliness of the Military Family

Child Abuse Prevention Month
Joyful Heart Foundation
Psychology Today looks at Child Abuse

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
4th weekend
March of Dimes

National Family Volunteer Week
April 23-29, 2017
Wikipedia article about the Week

Related Post: The Importance of Community to Health

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
April 27, 2017
Take ’em to Work Day Website
Wikipedia on Take our kids to Work


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Check bottom of Home/New to find out the “sharing rules”
(reblogs always okay, and much appreciated)

Other links to other posts and lists can be found below (in the Related Content section at the bottom of the majority of my articles), with my appreciation for improving your own Awareness, with hopes that you will help me SPREAD THE WORD!

Sharing on the Senior Salon

Thanks again to Terri Mauro, Parenting Special Needs Expert from the VeryWell.com site
for many of the links that formed the genesis of the original Awareness articles.

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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!"

71 Responses to April 2017: Mental Health Awareness

  1. Thanks for the link. Please note that Alexa is not someone’s name, it’s the name of an organization that ranks web pages.
    Judy (An Autism Observer)

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  5. Thanks for this great post!

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  6. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Madelyn Griffith-Haynie with important health related dates for your blogging diary for the rest of the year. It is only through awareness and being brought to public attention that many of these conditions are recognised, diagnosed and supported with funding. A great deal of work went into compiling this for our benefit. #recommended.

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    • Thanks so much for broadening awareness, Sally.

      ATTENTION WRITERS & BLOGGERS: Pick one to use as a writing prompt, come back and leave a link. and I’ll put it in the article (and if you’ve written a book featuring the topic, even better!). Same deal for ANY of these monthly calendars, btw.

      Stories and poems always make a greater impact than pure info.

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  7. dgkaye says:

    Isn’t it just like you to be spreading awareness. I’ve shared to my social media posts, which reminds we, are you not on any social sites? I can’t seem to find you on any social platforms and just found you on Linkedin! 🙂 ❤

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    • Thank you SO much for helping to spread the message on the Socials, because I don’t play there. The ONLY reason I am still on LI & FB is because my blog autoposts to them. Haven’t been to either in months! (I am barely able to keep up with blogging!)

      ADD expert Dr. Ned Hallowell (Driven to Distraction and others) says that ADDers must “work twice as hard for half as much” – and I gotta’ tell you he might be understating it – lol. 🙂

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      • dgkaye says:

        Tell me about it! Do you know how many sites I have to babysit, post to, read comments from and try and write books too? Lol. I always share your posts around, in case you didn’t know, but only yesterday found your name on Linkedin to accredit you, and never found you on FB at all. 🙂

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  8. I always wondered about the MMR vaccine and epilepsy, and whether there is any evidence linking the two.

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    • I don’t recall reading that there was an epilepsy link, Stevie, but I’ll nose around now that you have asked. My GUESS is that it is *not *causal or I would *surely* have read something about it in my research reading. Perhaps you have heard something claiming that it is exacerbating — *IF* there is a link at all.

      The MMR has been through the testing ringer many times – before and after development and release – and again during the anti-vax nonsense.[measles/mumps/rubella, for anyone reading who is wondering]

      Cover ups are common in politics so we have all grown suspicious. They are RARE in medical science, despite the headlines around the blogs about what “your doctor doesn’t want you to know.” People will try to make money selling anything, I guess and playing on fear is a great way to get folks to click.

      I don’t take anything that tries to scare me into clicking with even a grain of salt – they are not credible. Period. Credible sources do not want public panic – and they publish their findings in the journals where *anybody* can read them.

      According to what I’ve heard and read from and about vaccine research scientists, development and testing is quite rigorous these days (decades, btw, sometimes entire careers) — contrary to what you’ll hear from the politicians and the press, MOST of whom truly know next to nothing at all about science or scientific research, before or after they deliver their uninformed opinions as if they were facts.

      Erroneous info gets passed along and exaggerated like that old “telephone” game that kids used to play.

      Medical science researchers do NOT want to see epidemics even MORE than the rest of us, because they are well aware of the pandemics that could come back to kills thousands and millions if “herd immunity” falls below certain levels.

      They jump on those rumors of links practically immediately the in the labs — BEFORE they have a chance to scare parents into not vaccinating their children.

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      • An extended family member had a child in 1966 who had epilepsy. After the MMR vaccine he went into a fit and doctors could not get him out of it. He remains in a persistent vegetative state, but his mother is certain the MMR vaccine had something to do with it. Who knows if it was the vaccine or not? Nobody, I guess.

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        • During an interview with Dr. Ginger Campbell, a doctor who develops vaccines shared a similar story from his wife’s experience (also a doctor) – only the child went into a seizure on his mother’s lap RIGHT before the wife was about to give the shot. His point was that if his wife had filled the syringe one minute faster there was no way that mother would not have been positive that the vaccine caused the seizure. And I’m sure nobody will ever be able to convince your distant relative that the MMR was not causative either. I am so terribly sorry.

          My heart bleeds for your family member and her child – and for the child in the story – but also for the children he spoke of who died needlessly because they were not vaccinated – and the many he treated as a young doctor before vaccines became available for diseases that young doctors today have never seen because they had been “eradicated” – until recently.

          If you are interested, I can email you the MP3 of the interview or send you a link to where it may be still available for free on one of Ginger’s sites where you can listen online if you don’t have iTunes or another MP3 software available. Older interviews on the Brain Science Podcast are no longer free (but not pricey either) – but if it was from her Books and Ideas Podcast I believe all of those are no charge.

          I doubt that anything anyone can say will help your relative feel anything but sorrow and anger, but it might make YOU feel more comfortable. It is clear from the interview that this doctor is a GOOD man who really cares about saving kids. Let me know.

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  9. You are doing a great service for the community at large by posting this information – thank you!

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  10. robjodiefilogomo says:

    Hi love–I wanted to check it and let you know I sent you an email regarding our collab!! I’ll be around all day if you need to talk!

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    • Thanks for the heads up, Jodie. I LOVE you for being willing to accommodate my struggles with e-glut.

      I’m still trying to regulate my chronos so I’m JUST up and on my first cup of coffee – and have a couple of errands that must be run today (bank and landlord). I’ll give you a call when my brain kicks in- before or after.


  11. -Eugenia says:

    Your dedication to Mental Health Awareness is commendable, Madelyn.

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  12. There are so many events to be aware of. Thanks for putting out some very important ones Madelyn.

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    • I focus on those that impact mental health – many other important days are primarily focused on the physical, but I simply cannot include them ALL.

      I began these calendar posts as an advocacy effort, but I have learned SO many fascinating things I would not otherwise have been aware of in the months I have been doing them I now look forward to putting them together.

      I wish I could inspire the writers to see their value as writing prompts and begin to ring in and leave links. That’s one of my goals, since it is incredibly time consuming to scour the net looking for them.

      Judging from many of the comments I’ve received on the blog alone over the last six years, many people have stories to share that relate to at least some of these challenges, Those creative writing minds could certainly come up with a fictionalized account that wouldn’t expose anyone in his or her life.

      If I were a rich woman I’d pay for stories, or make it a contest and offer impressive cash prizes for leaving me links (and purchase their books as give-aways for other readers). ::sigh::

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  13. April is a special month, for so many reasons. Thanks for the calendar and info, M.

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  14. Awesome words of wonderful insight and encouragement Madelyn and I completely agree totally with your post. World is moving to a fifth dimension and everything is having a great effect on all of us so we have to hold our horses and move with this energy

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