Find out about national days around health and wellbeing. Links attached so that you can go directly to the websites to support some worthwhile causes.

January 2022

1 – 31 Dry January

Dry January is the UK’s one-month alcohol-free challenge. It isn’t about giving anything up. It’s about getting something back. Get your fun back. Get your energy back. Get your calm back….

1 – 31 Love Your Liver Month

Love Your Liver is our national awareness campaign devoted to liver health awareness and giving people the key steps needed to keep their liver healthy…..

17 – 23 Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Join us this week to raise awareness of cervical screening. One in three women and people with a cervix don’t attend cervical screening and we want to change that. However cervical cancer prevention doesn’t stop at screening. 

220,000 women and people with a cervix every year are told they have cervical cell changes after their screening, and many more are given a HPV diagnosis. This can mean more tests and treatments, and for some it can be incredibly hard time. We want everyone to have the information and support they need. So we want you to join us and share tips, facts, and most importantly help others know they aren’t alone…..

 

 

February 2022

1 – 29 National Heart Month

Show Some Love this February and help British Heart Foundation beat heartbreak forever….

World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day held every 4 February is the global uniting initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). By raising worldwide awareness, improving education and catalysing personal, collective and government action, we are all working together to reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equitable for all – no matter who you are or where you live…..

 

March 2022

1 – 31  Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Organised by Prostate Cancer UK, this special month aims to raise awareness of prostate cancer, as well as raise money so the charity can provide even better support to both sufferers and their families….

1 – 31 Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

We want to reach a world where no woman dies of ovarian cancer. This March, there’s so many steps you can take to help us get there.

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and we’re highlighting the inequalities that thousands of women with ovarian cancer face to ensure women receive the best care regardless of age, location or ethnicity. We’re driven to reach a world where no woman dies of ovarian cancer….

14 – 20  Salt Awareness Week

The Department of Health estimates that if we could reduce our average salt intake from 8g per day to 6g per day, we could prevent more than 8,000 premature deaths (i.e. deaths before the age of 70) from heart attacks and stroke…. 

14 – 20  Nutrition and Hydration Week

Nutrition and Hydration Week has taken place every March since 2012. In 2021, due to the global pandemic, Nutrition and Hydration Week will move to June in recognition of the pressures that health and social care systems are under at this time….

13  No Smoking Day

Smoking is very harmful to your heart. It seriously increases your risk of developing heart and circulatory diseases.  To keep your heart healthy, you can make small lifestyle changes to help you quit smoking….

April 2022

1 – 30  Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual event set aside to increase awareness of bowel cancer and raise funds towards treating this condition. It is driven by various charitable organisations including the Beating Bowel Cancer and Bowel Cancer UK, who have merged with the main aim of ensuring that there would be no victim of Bowel Cancer by 2050….

25 – 1/5  MS Awareness Week 

MS Awareness Week 2022 will run from 25 April – 1 May. It’s a chance for us to all raise awareness of multiple sclerosis and say #LetsTalkMS #MSWeek.  MS can be tough, and for many people talking about it can be challenging. Whether you’re opening up to a friend after being newly diagnosed, or finding the right words to describe symptoms to an employer. Sometimes it feels easier not to say anything at all….

 

May 2022

1 – 31  National Walking Month

Did you know that May is National Walking Month? So why not help celebrate by organising your own walk this May and raise money for our life saving research.  Our physical activity specialist, Lisa Young, explains why walking is a great, not only for your health, but also as a way to raise money for the British Heart Foundation……

1 – 31 Stroke Awareness Month

A stroke happens in the brain, the control centre for who we are and what we can do. When stroke strikes, part of the brain shuts down.  Research can make a real difference in the lives of people affected by stroke. It can find new ways and drive improvements in how we can stop stroke happening, treat and support people after stroke.  Since the early 1990s, we’ve invested over £56 million in stroke research…..

1 – 31  National Osteoporosis Month

Each May, the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) works to generate awareness and inspire behavioral change regarding the critical importance of good bone health and osteoporosis prevention. Osteoporosis is common. One in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. The disease, which is not a normal part of aging, is serious causing broken bones, pain, suffering and life-altering loss of mobility — yet it is treatable and even preventable.  During May and all year long, we want everyone to make a commitment to be bone strong! Here are some of the many ways that you can get involved….

19  World IBD Day

World IBD Day takes place on 19 May each year and unites people worldwide in their fight against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, known as inflammatory bowel diseases….

 

 

June 2022

6 – 12  Carer’s Week

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support….

13 – 17  Healthy Eating Week

Healthy Eating Week is an annual event run by the British Nutrition Foundation to highlight the importance of healthy, active lifestyles.  Each year, the British Nutrition Foundation puts together a suit of free resources to help different settings and organisations, across the UK, deliver healthy lifestyle messages through engaging activities. There is a theme for the Week, as well as daily challenges, such as 5 A DAY, and drink plenty…..

20 – 26  Cervical Screening Awareness Week

If you’ve been invited for cervical screening you might have heard about HPV. Maybe you saw it on your invitation letter, or perhaps those three letters appeared on your results.  If you don’t know what it is, you’re far from alone. HPV is the topic we hear about the most through our support services, with callers who are confused, anxious and upset about what it means to have HPV. For lots, the first time they even saw the word was in their results.  Cervical screening and waiting for results can be difficult, if you don’t have the facts or know where to find support, it can be even harder.   Five million women and people with a cervix are invited for screening every year. We don’t want anyone to be in the dark….

14 – 20 Diabetes Week

An annual highlight in the Diabetes UK calendar, as it’s a time when supporters are brought together to raise awareness of the condition and the vital funds required for future work…..

21 – 27  Love Your Lungs Week

From 21 – 27 June, we’re looking back over the past year and celebrating how we have loved our lungs and how we will continue to do so.  Living with a lung condition can be hard. Over the past year, the pandemic has taught us just how important it is to love our lungs…..

 

July 2022

24  Samaritans Awareness Day

Samaritans are here to listen 24/7 for anyone that needs us. But we’re also encouraging people to become better listeners. Why not get involved on social media on 24 July and pledge to become a better listener?….

August 2022

1 – 7  World Breastfeeding Week

#WBW2022 will focus on strengthening the capacity of actors to protect, promote and support breastfeeding across all levels of society. These actors make up the warm chain of support for breastfeeding. Target audiences for the #WBW2022 campaign include governments, health systems, workplaces and communities. Together, we need to inform, empower and strengthen our capacity to create and sustain breastfeeding-friendly environments for families. Breastfeeding is key to effective implementation of sustainable development strategies especially in a post-pandemic world, as it improves nutrition, ensures food security and reduces inequalities between and within countries…..

 

 

 

September 2022

1 – 30  Urology Awareness Month

September is Urology Awareness Month. Organised by The Urology Foundation, this month aims to raise awareness of urological disease as well as raise money so we can fund vital research and training into these diseases….

6 – 12  Know Your Numbers Week – Blood Pressure

Know Your Numbers! raises awareness of high blood pressure, encouraging all UK adults to get a blood pressure check….

 

October 2022

1 – 31  Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Every October, people all over the world show their support for everyone affected by breast cancer.  We’re focused on accelerating research and providing vital support, every way we can, all year round.  This month, we’re committed to showing you that no matter who you are, whatever your experience of breast cancer – we’re always with you….

1 – 31  National Cholesterol Month

HEART UK Chief Executive, Jules Payne says the cholesterol charity wants to have one million people involved in the campaign. Using the powers of social media HEART UK is running an ambitious awareness campaign to make people more aware of cholesterol and how to it can be best managed…..

3 – 7   Back Care Awareness Week

Back Care Awareness Week is an important week in our calendar, it should be in yours too.  We have your backs covered.  Previous campaigns have focused on Working from Home; Studying at Home; Spending More Time at Home; Back Pain in Nursing; Back Pain in Golf.  We will produce materials that will be available to share with friends, family and colleagues…..

 

November 2022

Stress Awareness Day

We know what it is like to feel stressed and being under pressure is a normal part of life. But becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse. On Stress Awareness Day we will be highlighting the ways that stress can affect people and what you can do to manage your stress before it becomes a problem…..

14  World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2006 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. It is marked every year on 14 November, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922….

15 – 21 Alcohol Awareness Week

Alcohol Awareness Week is a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more….

 

December 2022

World Aids Day

World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day….

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Disability inclusion is an essential condition to upholding human rights, sustainable development, and peace and security. It is also central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind. The commitment to realizing the rights of persons with disabilities is not only a matter of justice; it is an investment in a common future….