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.
Alcohol Awareness Month
Excessive alcohol use is a major public health problem in the United States. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, researchers have found that alcohol use has risen sharply, with a 41% increase in heavy drinking among women.
Visit Rethinking Drinking for information about drinking guidelines, how to identify problematic drinking, and tools to make a change.
National Child Abuse Prevention Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of communities working together to help families thrive and prevent child maltreatment. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness about child and family well-being, and work together to implement effective strategies that support families and prevent child abuse and neglect.
This year, the Children’s Bureau’s theme for National Child Abuse Prevention Month is Thriving Children and Families: Prevention With Purpose. Visit www.ChildWelfare.gov/preventionmonth to download the toolkit, social media graphics and messages, and more.
National Minority Health Month
April is National Minority Health Month (NMHM), a time to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minority populations and encourage action through health education, early detection, and control of disease complications.
The 2021 NMHM theme is #VaccineReady. As recognized by the HHS Office of Minority Health, the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted racial and ethnic minority communities and underscores the need for these vulnerable communities to get vaccinated as more vaccines become available. COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help us get back together with our families, communities, schools, and workplaces by preventing the spread of COVID-19 and bringing an end to the pandemic. Visit www.nimhd.nih.gov/programs/edu-training/nmhm/ for more information.
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
This April, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, learn how you can practice consent online, keep the kids in your life safe from abuse, facilitate and participate in respectful online communities. In addition, explore the impact that trauma from online abuse can have and the options available for survivors looking for support. As new platforms emerge and technology expands, by leading with these foundational principles we can build safe online spaces now and into the future. Visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center for campaign information.
National Public Health Week - April 5-11, 2021
During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation's health. The theme for 2021 is "Building Bridges to Better Health". Visit http://www.nphw.org/ to learn how to get involved, get the toolkit, and more.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - April 24, 2021
The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to properly dispose of unused or expired prescription medications. Proper disposal of unused drugs helps to prevent drug misuse, overdose, and also protects the environment. Visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/ to learn about collection sites in your community.
Mental Health Month
Mental Health America will continue last year's theme "Tools 2 Thrive" and a toolkit will be available mid-March.
Visit www.mhanational.org/mental-health-month to stay up-to-date on the 2021 campaign.
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.