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Health and Wellness Observances

Health observances and other special events help raise awareness and offer opportunities to learn more about key issues in substance use prevention and recovery, as well as mental health and wellness.  Explore the information below and spread the word about the observances. If you'd like us to share your training or event on this web page or through our Prevention Listserv, Contact Us.






Mental Health Month
Mental Health America will continue last year's theme "Tools 2 Thrive" and a toolkit is now available at www.mhanational.org/mental-health-month.

Be sure to also visit AFSP for resources, information, and events. 

Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Visit https://asianpacificheritage.gov/ to view exhibits and collections, video, and more, from The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Click Here
to view educator resources from Learning for Justice.
PBS has a number of new of films featuring AAPI stories. Click Here to view the schedule.

The HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will focus on supporting communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to promote vaccine confidence and addressing the recent rise in violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. Join OMH and partners throughout May in using the hashtags #StopAAPIHate and #VaccineReady on social media.
Visit this webpage for shareable graphics and an event schedule.

Stop AAPI Hate
Hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we can stop it.
Visit https://stopaapihate.org/ to stand united against racism

National Prevention Week - May 9-15, 2021
National Prevention Week is an annual health observance sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that is dedicated to increasing public awareness of and action around substance use prevention and the promotion of positive mental health. Visit www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week and www.ctclearinghouse.org/npw to learn more and stay posted about upcoming events. 

World No Tobacco Day – May 31, 2021
This annual observance informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what the World Health Organization is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.
Visit www.who.int/campaigns/world-no-tobacco-day to learn more.



Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month
According to the National Center on PTSD, there are currently about 8 million people in the United States living with PTSD. Even though PTSD treatments work, most people who have PTSD don't get the help they need. June is PTSD Awareness Month. Spread the word that effective PTSD treatments are available. Everyone with PTSD—whether they are Veterans or civilian survivors of sexual assault, serious accidents, natural disasters, or other traumatic events—needs to know that treatments really do work and can lead to a better quality of life. Click Here to take the PTSD Awareness Pledge.

Pride Month
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots, and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) Americans. In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBT Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marks the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBT Americans.

Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBT Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that LGBTQ individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.
Download this Guide for Educators from GLSEN
Click Here for resources on Gender and Sexual Identity from Learning for Justice (formerly, Teaching Tolerance)