June 2019

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s. 5.8 million of those are Americans, and someone in the US develops Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds. Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.

National Cancer Survivors Day (June 2nd)

It is a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community. It is a day for everyone, whether you’re a cancer survivor, a family member, friend, or medical professional. This day provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer – including America’s more than 15.5 million cancer survivors – to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way. It is also a day to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship in order to promote more resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

Check out all of our educational and informational posts on our Facebook page throughout the month of May! More information can be found by following the individual links above.

#ChildrensMentalHealthMatters

Today marks the end of Children’s Mental Health Awareness week 2019, but that doesn’t mean the awareness stops here. Advocate for the children in your life year round.

We want to leave you with one final thought: “Sometimes, real superheroes live in the hearts of small children fighting big battles.”

Not all battles have to be fought alone.

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

Did you know that 20% of children between the ages of 3-17 will experience a behavioral health challenge? The CDC estimates that only 21% of those children will receive treatment. That means that 80% of kids (roughly 12 million) do not receive treatment. Without treatment, there is an increased risk of failure at school, contact with the criminal justice system, and even suicide

Use this calendar for the month of May to help talk to the children in your life about mental illness.

Speak Up. Break the Silence. End the Stigma.

National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.

In 2019, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of NIIW.  Since 1994, hundreds of communities across the United States have joined to celebrate the critical role vaccination plays in protecting our children, communities, and public health.

NIIW 2019 is April 27-May 4, 2019.

Learn more about NIIW here!

May 2019

Mental Health Month

2019 marks the 70th year that Mental Health Month will be observed. Since 1949, MHM has been used to raise awareness about mental illness and celebrate mental health. We need to speak up early and educate people about mental illness – and do so in a compassionate, judgement-free way.

National Arthritis Awareness Month

Over 50 million Americans have arthritis, making it the number one cause of disability in the country. That means 1 in every 5 adults, 300,000 children and countless families. These numbers are only going to keep growing—unless we take a stand. The first steps in conquering arthritis are learning the facts, understanding your condition and knowing that help is by your side.

National Asthma & Allergy Month

Since 1984, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May to be “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.” It’s a peak season for people with asthma and allergies, and a perfect time to educate patients, family, friends, co-workers and others about these diseases.

National Stroke Awareness Month

Each year in the United States, there are more than 800,000 stroked. Stroke is a leading cause of death in the country and causes more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease. Nearly three-quarters of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65. The risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade after the age of 55. Know Stroke. Know the Signs. Act in Time.

Children’s Mental Awareness Week (May 5th-11th)

The goal of this nationally recognized event is to increase public awareness and to educate communities to expand the understanding of children’s mental health needs and the resulting impact on their families. The prejudice and discrimination that children face in relation to mental illness can cause them to delay or fail to seek help, support, and treatment. It can also lead to self-prejudice and self-discrimination. 80% of children with behavioral health challenges do not receive treatment. Speak Up. Break the Silence. End the Stigma.

Check out all of our educational and informational posts on our Facebook page throughout the month of May! More information can be found by following the individual links above.