June is here and with it comes Brain Injury Awareness Month! We had a recent post on Parkinson’s Awareness Month in April. You are not alone if you feel bombarded with _____ Awareness Month every time you have to turn the page on the calendar. It’s nearly impossible to keep track of what we are supposed to be aware of in a given month…but that’s not the point. With only 12 months at our disposal, we are forced to fit the hundreds of conditions and injuries somewhere within our calendar.
In June alone, we have:
ALS Awareness Month: ALS Society of Canada
Brain Injury Awareness Month: Brain Injury Association of Canada
Deaf-Blind Awareness Month: Canadian Helen Keller Centre
International Men’s Health Month: International Men’s Health Month
National Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Month: National Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada
Stroke Awareness Month: Heart & Stroke Foundation
Recreation and Parks Month: Ontario
Seniors’ Month: Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat
The idea, of course, is to raise awareness and/or give recognition to these issues that may otherwise not make it into mainstream media. So even if you don’t have experience with something like, say, Zombies, May is Zombie Awareness Month in the United States. Sound like a joke? Even the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognized Zombie Awareness Month in October 2012. Head to their website for more info on Zombie Preparedness.
But if conditions of the living are more your interest, you can check out a calendar for Canada’s Health Promotion Days here. You can sort through health promotion days, weeks, or months.
Happy Awareness Month!