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Monthly Health Campaigns

23-29 April 2018European Immunisation week European Immunisation Week promotes the core message that immunisation of every child is vital to prevent diseases and protect life. The goal is to raise awareness and increase vaccination coverage by showcasing the importance of immunisation. 
14 April  FND Awareness DayFunctional Neurological Disorder (FND) is a condition in which patients experience neurological symptoms such as weakness, movement disorders, sensory symptoms and blackouts. The brain of a patient with functional neurological symptom disorder is structurally normal, but functions incorrectly. 1/3 of all neurological outpatient attendees are diagnosed with FND and it is the second most common neurological reason for outpatient appointments after headaches/migraines. FND can cause impairment in quality of life that is similar to other neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or Epilepsy.  
25 April - 1 May 2018Allergy Awareness Week This week raises awareness of all allergic conditions (including food, respiratory, skin and children's allergies), food intolerance and the plight of allergy sufferers. 
24-30 April 2018MS Awareness Week MS Awareness Week. Be Bold in Blue to raise funds and awareness during MS Awareness Week. Dress blue, hold a cake sale, paint your nails... however you want to Be Bold in Blue, we'll support you all the way.
27 April 2018On your Feet Britain Take part in our national day when workers across Britain unite together and participate in a variety of fun and simple activities to #SitLess and #MoveMore at work. The On Your Feet Britain Challenge dares you to convert 'sitting time' to 'standing time' by following some simple changes. 
1-31 May 2018National Walking Month National Walking Month encourages people to walk more throughout May. Initiatives include, Walk to Work Week and Walk to School Week. 
1-31 May 2018Action on Stroke Month "Make May Purple" is the Stroke Associations annual stroke awareness month, taking place every May. Individuals show their support for those who have been affected by stroke and help to raise awareness and essential funds for the Stroke Association. Join #MakeMayPurple on social media. 
2 May 2018World Asthma DayThe aim of World Asthma Day is to raise awareness, care and support for those affected by asthma. Whilst the primary focus is supporting the person with asthma, support may also extend to family, friends and caregivers.
9-15 May 2018Sun Awareness Week Get involved in raising awareness across the UK by ordering free posters and leaflets from the Sun Awareness range. 
10 May 2018 World LupousLupus is a global health problem that affects people of all nationalities, races, ethnicities, genders and ages. Lupus can affect any part of the body in any way at any time, often with unpredictable and life-changing results. While lupus knows no boundaries, knowing all you can about lupus can help control its impact.
14-20 May 2018National Epilepsy Week National Epilepsy Week is continuing Epilepsy Actions' work to empower people to seize control of their epilepsy, through better care and access to treatment. Out of 600,000 people living with epilepsy in the UK, 288,000 are still experiencing seizures. So make a difference and get involved with #epilepsyweek events. 
14-20 May 2018Death Awareness WeekEvery year in May, Dying Matters and our coalition members host an Awareness Week, which gives us an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national agenda. This year, we asked What Can You Do? to get people more active in planning for dying and death and helping support those who may need it in times of grief and bereavement, be they friends, family or in your wider community.
14-20 May 2018Mental Health Awareness Week Mental Health Awareness Week is a UK event supported by the Mental Health Foundation. The aim is to educate the public about mental health issues and to promote better mental health. 
15-21 May 2018Deaf Awareness WeekThe aim of Deaf Awareness Week is to raise awareness of hearing loss in the UK and its impact on people's lives.
May 2018Put the Kettle on for Antenatal Results and Choices Antenatal Results and Choices supports women and couples through antenatal testing and its consequences, who are often referred to them by NHS employees. They also provide training to NHS staff in maternity wards. Their annual fundraising campaign is  encouraging supporters to hold tea parties to raise funds to support those parents. Dates to be confirmed. 
31 May 2018 World No Tobacco DayWorld No Tobacco Day highlights the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocates for policies to reduce tobacco consumption. 
1-30 June 2018Scleroderma Awareness MonthScleroderma is a rare, chronic disease of the immune system, blood vessels and connective tissue. 2.5 million people worldwide have scleroderma, and in the UK there are 12,000 people diagnosed. It is an autoimmune condition, meaning the immune system becomes overactive and attacks healthy tissue in the body. It is a severe condition and can be fatal. This year Scleroderma & Raynaud's UK (SRUK) are increasing awareness of Scleroderma and the need for earlier diagnosis of the condition. There are 3 indicators of scleroderma:
1. Raynaud's phenomenon
2. Sore swollen fingers or aching joints
3. Reflux or heartburn. 
Put June in your diary and get involved in Scleroderma Awareness Month.
7 June 2018Wear it, Beat itThe British Heart Foundation’s vision is a world in which people do not die prematurely or suffer from heart disease. "Wear it. Beat it" is to help the British Heart Foundation fight for every heartbeat and raise money for life saving research. Quite simply by wearing red this year and hosting a red event with your friends, family or colleagues. 
9 June 2018Wear Purple for JIA National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society is delighted to announce that the #WearPurpleForJIA 2018 campaign has chosen to support NRAS again as their charity for the year. Friday 9th June will be a day awash with Purple everywhere and a great day to get young and old involved at home, school or work. Encourage friends and family to wear something purple, from socks to hats, and everything else in between!
11-17 June 2018Carers Week Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring by highlighting the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. The campaign encourages others to organise activities and events throughout the UK. You can get involved by pledging your support. Remember to get involved with @carersweek. 
11-17 June 2018BNF Healthy Eating WeekBritish Nutritional Foundation (BNF) Health Easting Week. There are five health challenges are at the heart of BNF Healthy Eating Week: Have Breakfast; Have 5 A Day; Drink plenty; Get active; and Try something new and we will be providing all registrants with lots of resources and information to help meet the challenges.
11-17 June 2018Diabetes Week Diabetes Week is 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. 
11-17 June 2018Men's Health Week Led by the Men's Health Forum, the purpose of Men’s Health Week is to raise awareness of preventable health issues and encourage men and boys to seek professional advice for health-related problems. 
June 2018Cervical Screening Awareness Week Around 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK each year. About 2 out of every 100 cancers diagnosed in women (2%) are cervical cancers. Cervical cancer is more common in younger women. More than half of the cervical cancer cases in the UK each year are diagnosed in women aged 45 or under. Cervical screening is the most effective way of preventing cervical cancer yet across the UK. Cervical Screening Awareness Week (CSAW) 2017 please get involved.
14 June 2018World Blood Donor Day World Blood Donor Day raises awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. 
21 June 2018National Clean Air Day The UK’s first-ever National Clean Air Day is a chance for the whole country to come together and improve air quality through collective action.
2-8 July 2018Health Information Week Health Information Week is a campaign to improve access to health information. Staff from local authorities, public libraries, NHS, voluntary sector, independent information and advice centres have all been working together to make their health resources more available to the public. 
28 July 2018World Hepatitus DayOn 28 July World Hepatitis Day (WHD) brings the world together to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing, treatment and care. One of just four disease-specific global awareness days officially endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), WHD unites patient organisations, governments and the general public to boost the global profile of viral hepatitis.
1-7 August 2018World Breast Feeding WeekIn 2016, World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action began the 15-year journey to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by linking each of these goals to breastfeeding. But, we cannot achieve sustainable development without multi-level partnerships at all levels. #WBW2017 will call on advocates and activists, decision-makers and celebrants to forge new and purposeful partnerships. Together, let’s attract political support, media attention, participation of young people and widen our pool of celebrants and supporters. Only then can we campaign for a generation and commit to achieving the SDGs by 2030.
1-30 September 2018Urology Awareness Month With an ageing population and the effects of today’s lifestyle, urology conditions, diseases and cancers are becoming more prevalent. The Urology Foundation is spreading knowledge of urology health, breaking down the stigma associated with many of its conditions and persuading people to talk about these issues. 
1-30 September 2018National Blood Cancer Awareness Month Supported by some of the UK's biggest blood cancer charities, including Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and Anthony Nolan, September is the month to raise awareness of how to improve treatments for blood cancer and increase the number of lives saved. There are many opportunities to fund raise or increase awareness using the #BloodCancerAwarenessMonth handle.
3-9 September 2018 Migraine Awareness WeekMigraine Awareness Week (MAW) is an annual campaign to draw attention to migraine, educate the public and reduce stigma.  
4-10 September 2018Organ Donation Week The campaign is to: promote public awareness about organ donation and transplant, encourage people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and encourage people to share their donation decision with their family and friends. 
10 September 2018National Dementia Carers DayNational Dementia Carers’ Day, which falls within Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, is an annual day which was introduced to raise awareness and give support and recognition to the thousands of informal dementia carers across the country.                                              There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with many cared for by friends or family members. 39% of these informal carers are estimated to spend more than 100 hours per week caring for the person with dementia.The national day was created by Alzheimer's Society, Dementia UK and SweetTree Home Care Services.  
10 September 2018World Suicide Prevention Day World Suicide Prevention Day promotes worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides. The sponsoring organisation, International Association for Suicide Prevention, the co-sponsor WHO and other partners, advocate for the prevention of suicidal behaviour, provision of adequate treatment and follow-up care for people who attempted suicide, as well as responsible reporting of suicides in the media.
11-17 September 2018Know Your Numbers! Week Blood Pressure UK's flagship blood pressure testing and awareness campaign, encourages adults to know their blood pressure numbers and take the necessary action to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure. This year around 250,000 free checks will be available across the UK. 
11-17 September 2018Sexual Health Week This awareness week is led by FPA, a charity that answers questions about sexual health for young people. It offers support to parents on how to educate their children about sexual health, as well as campaigning for better sexual health services, and the right for all young people to have access to education regarding appropriate relationships and sex education.
18-24 September 2018National Eye Health Week National Eye Health Week (NEHW) is about healthcare professionals joining forces to encourage more people to have regular sight tests and make lifestyle choices that benefit their vision and general wellbeing. NEHW raises awareness of how we can improve the UK's eye health, contribute towards a reduction in avoidable blindness and enhance people's everyday lives.
21 September Jeans for Genes Day Genetic disorders are rare but together they affect one in 25 children born in the UK. Jeans for Gene’s day raises awareness and funds for Genetic Disorders in the UK to support families affected by genetic disorders.Whatever you do on this Friday, do it in your jeans! Join the hype and get involved with the conversation using #JeansForGenesDay on social media.
29 September 2018Worlds Largest Coffee MoringAt Macmillan, we know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything. So we’re here to support you and help you take back some control in your life. From help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk, we’re here.
1-31 OctoberLupus Awareness MonthLupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect anyone.  90% of cases are female and it is often invisible. 
1-5 October 2018National Work Life WeekNational Work Life Week, is an annual campaign to get both employers and their employees talking about wellbeing at work and work life fit. It’s an opportunity for employers to show their employees, and potential candidates, how their organisation is striving for a family friendly and flexible working culture. We are keen to showcase employers who are helping to create work that works for families, people and the economy. 
2-6 October 2018Back Care Awareness Week The aim of the week-long event, organised by BackCare, is to raise awareness of the problems back pain can cause, as well as prevention and treatments.
2-8 October 2018National Dyslexia Week Show your support for people with dyslexia. The British Dyslexia Association is working to create a dyslexia friendly society.
 2-8 October 2018Women's Sports Week Two of the world's leading women sports brands, The Women's Sports Network & SofaDodger, are joining forces to support The Department of Culture Media & Sport in the UK with Women Sports Week. An opportunity for everybody involved with playing, delivering, leading or working in sport to celebrate, raise awareness and increase the profile of women’s sport across the UK
7-13 October 2018OCD Awareness Week OCD Awareness Week is a global effort to raise awareness and understanding about OCD, with the goal of educating people and working towards removing misunderstanding and stigma that can be caused by misrepresentation of OCD.
 9-16 October 2018 National Arthritis
 We understand that the pain caused by arthritis can be constant and make the little things in life difficult. So this National Arthritis Week Arthritis Research UK are inviting you to join them by sharing your story and helping to highlight what it’s like to live with the pain of arthritis as part of the Share your day, Shape our future campaign.
10 October 2018 World Mental Health Day World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues.
13 October 2018 World Thrombosis Day Thrombosis refers to abnormal, life-threatening blood clots that form in the artery or vein. Worldwide, one in four people die from causes related to thrombosis. Without addressing this disease head on, we cannot meet the World Health Assembly's global target to reduce premature non-communicable mortality by 25 percent by 2025. World Thrombosis Day (WTD) focuses attention on the often overlooked and misunderstood condition of thrombosis so hundreds of educational events occur in countries around the world.
16-22 October 2018National Adoption WeekNational Adoption Week is one of the biggest adoption awareness raising initiatives in the UK. This year you can show your support on social media using the hashtag #SupportAdoption and there’s a wealth of information on the First4Adoption website for agencies and for people considering adoption as a means of growing their family. 
20 October
World Osteoporosis DayWorld Osteoporosis Day takes place every year on October 20, launching a year-long campaign dedicated to raising global awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. Organized by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) every year, World Osteoporosis Day involves campaigns by national osteoporosis patient societies from around the world with activities in over 90 countries. 
 29 October - 5 November 2018Psoriasis Awareness WeekPsoriasis Awareness Week runs annually and aims to inform and raise awareness of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
30 October - 5 November 2018National Infertility Awareness Week Fertility issues are all too often misrepresented and misunderstood.During National Infertility Awareness Week the aim is to highlight the unseen, intimate and day-to-day reality of fertility issues, to overturn commonly-held misconceptions about fertility and to shine a spotlight on untold fertility stories. We hope people will join in, raise funds and help change perceptions about fertility issues.
1-30 November 2017Movember Men's Health Awareness Month Each year, Movember is responsible for thousands of moustaches on men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of Movember is to raise vital funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer.
1-30 November 2017Lung Cancer Awareness Month The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness to encourage people displaying the common symptoms of lung cancer, such as a persistent cough, breathlessness or unexplained weight-loss, to visit their GP. During the month, many people throughout the country and the world come together for the lung cancer community.
 1-30 November 2017COPD Awareness Month COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, describes a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to empty air out of the lungs because your airways have been narrowed. Living with COPD It makes it difficult for you to breathe, and you might find everyday tasks a real challenge. Millions of people across the UK have COPD and don’t even know it. They’re struggling with their symptoms and a lower quality of life. Their condition is progressing quickly because they’re not receiving treatment. Help raise awareness!
1 November 2018National Stress Awareness Day (NSAD) NSAD aims to develop greater understanding of stress and offer individuals and organisations access to proven coping strategies and sources of help.
6-12 November 2017National Pathology Week A celebration of pathology and the important contribution pathologists make to healthcare, through a programme of events aimed at people of all ages. The theme of the week is 'Pathology: prevention, diagnosis, treatment', which focuses on the important role of pathology in healthcare.
 14 November 2017World Diabetes DayWorld Diabetes Day falls every year on 14 November and is a day when millions of people around the world come together to raise awareness of diabetes, and what it’s really like to live with the condition. It’s a global campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) with activity taking place around the world. This year we want everyone to know diabetes. So we're talking about the complications diabetes can lead to and how to avoid them.
November 2017
Alcohol Awareness Week It is estimated that the cost of alcohol on society is in excess of £21 billion. The aim of Alcohol Awareness Week is to get people to think about alcohol – how it affects us as individuals, families, communities and society as a whole.
November  2017
National HIV Testing Week National HIV Testing Week is a targeted, high profile, national campaign that encourages England’s key populations most affected by HIV to consider taking an HIV test.
25 November - 10 December 2017International Day for the Elimination Against Domestic Violence 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence is aimed at businesses that lack an infrastructure to deal with the large-scale problem that is domestic violence. As it stands, companies can do more to aid their employees who endure domestic violence, train those who witness it, and to protect staff as a whole, with the goal of securing safety and mitigating financial loss.
1 December 2017World Aids Day World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

Updated April 2018

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