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Awareness Months 2024

By: Erich TollDiversity Calendar
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Awareness Months

National awareness months are dedicated to raising awareness about various crucial topics, from health conditions to social issues. These awareness months can help rally support and share important stories, ultimately encouraging a deeper understanding of the issues that affect our lives.

Awareness months and colors play a pivotal role in uniting communities and inspiring advocacy. Whether it’s acknowledging the challenges of living with a particular health condition or addressing social injustices, these awareness months empower people to make a difference.

Here you’ll find a large assortment of different national awareness months to learn about this year. This is a sampling of national awareness months 2024 – for a more comprehensive list, try our DEI Calendar.

2024 Awareness Months

January

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

While there’s no cure for this eye disease, early treatment can help prevent further damage and protect one’s vision, especially for those over age 60.

Cervical Health Awareness Month

Nearly 13,000 women in the US  are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually. The disease is almost entirely preventable with proper vaccination and regular screenings with a PAP smear and HPV testing.

February

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is a time to raise awareness about teen dating violence. This month, learn more about trends of violence and how to advocate for awareness.

American Heart Month

Highlight the importance of heart health and learn about cardiovascular diseases and their prevention.

March

National MS Education and Awareness Month

Led by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, this month aims to raise awareness of MS, empowering those living with MS to make informed healthcare decisions.

Developmental Disability Awareness Month

This March, take some time to raise awareness for the community of people living with developmental disabilities. Different events are organized to promote acceptance and inclusion in nearly every aspect of life, including the workplace.

April

Paralyzed Veterans Awareness Month

This April awareness month focuses on the challenges that veterans living with spinal cord injuries face. Rally support for these injured veterans and their families by raising funds for their cause.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Educate your community or workplace this April about ways to prevent sexual violence. Create a safe place for people to share stories and resources about the healing process ahead.

May

ALS Awareness Month

Raising awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) helps the general public understand the challenges of living with this neurodegenerative disease.

Mental Health Awareness Month

This month, take some time to learn about different mental health conditions and why having a positive mindset is good for your overall health.

June

National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

Build awareness of how migraines affect those living with them and how to get help.

Pride Month

Celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community, promoting acceptance and equality.

July

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Raise awareness for the mental health struggles  faced by minority communities. Make July a month for solidarity and education for those who feel unheard. People are encouraged to share pictures, poems, and videos on social media using #DepthOfMyIdentity.

Disability Pride Month

Celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities, fostering understanding and inclusivity.

August

Intersectionality Awareness Month

Intersectionality is when someone identifies with two or more marginalized groups whether gender or race. By understanding everyone’s personal experience with identity, we become a more diverse and inclusive world.

National Immunization Awareness Month

This annual monthly observance highlights how important it is to be vaccinated at all ages.

September

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Take time to remember the lives lost to suicide for those living with depression. Acknowledge the struggles that individuals, families, and communities face regarding suicide.

National Recovery Month

Focus on supporting individuals on their journey to recovery from substance use disorders and mental health challenges, promoting awareness and access to treatment and recovery resources.

October 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This annual awareness month raises awareness about early detection of the disease. Nearly one in three of all new female cancer cases are breast cancer. There is about a one in eight chance for a woman living in the United States to get it in their lifetime.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

This national campaign helps to spread valuable information about disability employment issues. It also highlights the contributions that those living with disabilities have made to the workforce.

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Raise awareness about Down Syndrome, a genetic condition that is caused by having an extra chromosome 21. During this month, take time to foster understanding and acceptance of all people, especially those living with the condition.

Global Diversity Awareness Month

This month promotes the differences between us and fosters a culture of understanding and inclusivity. This is a great time to celebrate diversity whether in gender, race, ethnicity, religion, ability, mental health, age, and more.

November

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

This November awareness month celebrates the nearly more than 6 million Americans who live with Alzheimer’s and their families and caregivers totaling nearly 15 million caregivers.

National Diabetes Awareness Month

Observed every November, this month focuses on how diabetes impacts millions of Americans every year. Nearly 29 million people live with diabetes and another 8 million are undiagnosed.

Learn More About National Awareness Months

To learn about other important DEI events and awareness months, visit our Diversity Calendar, a  resource to learn about other cultures and various health and wellness observances too.

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