Calendar of national campaigns 2018 to 2019 table

We have put together this selection of national campaigns and awareness days to help you plan your health and wellbeing strategy and activities for the year ahead. Scroll through our interactive calendar and please get in touch if you know of an awareness event that isn't included, by emailing healthandwellbeing@nhsemployers.org.

1-31 January 2019 Dry January Dry January challenges you to go alcohol free for 31 days and aims to raise awareness of the effects of alcohol. Click on the link to download workplace resources and also see our infographic for more information on alcohol awareness.
21-27 January 2019 Cervical Cancer Prevention Week Every day in the UK 9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 3 women lose their lives from the disease every day. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 35 and 75 per cent of cervical cancers are prevented by cervical screening (smear tests), however one in four women do not attend this potentially life-saving test.
1-28 February 2019 Raynaud’s Awareness month  Raynaud’s Phenomenon is a condition thought to affect up to ten million people in the UK and it can be incredibly painful.  With Raynaud’s, the small blood vessels in the extremities are over-sensitive to changes in temperature, which can cause a Raynaud’s attack. February is Raynaud’s Awareness Month in which they aim to highlight Raynaud’s and the work of the RSA by asking you to "LOVEyourGLOVES!” February is statistically the coldest month of the year and it is vital to wrap up warm and protect your extremities. Have a look at what happened in February 2018 campaign.
 4 February 2019 World Cancer Day World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to spread the word and raise awareness of cancer in people’s minds and the world media. This global event takes place every year on 4 February and aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by encouraging individuals to take action. 
7 February 2019 Time to Talk Day It’s easy to think there’s no right place to talk about mental health. But the more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us. Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed. Time to Talk Day is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives. Wherever you are – at home, at work or up the top of a mountain! – have your conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day.
18-24 February 2019 OCD week of action  Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a clinically recognised disorder which affects around one-two per cent of the population. People with OCD experience intensely negative, repetitive and intrusive thoughts, combined with a chronic feeling of doubt or danger (obsessions). OCD Week of Action is a campaigning week run by OCD Action to encourage as many people as possible to take action and fight OCD. 
25 February - 3 March 2019 Eating Disorders Awareness week Eating Disorders Awareness week is an international awareness event, fighting the myths and misunderstandings that surround eating disorders. Awareness is raised to spotlight the impact eating disorders can have on an individual and highlight what individuals, colleagues and employers can do to support someone’s recovery. 
28 February 2019 Rare Disease Day Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February each year and the main objective is to raise awareness among individuals about rare disease and their impact on patients’ lives. Since the beginning of 2008, thousands of events have taken place throughout the world and has notably contributed to the advancement of national plans and policies for rare diseases. Take a look at our 2018 campaign.
1-31 March 2019 Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month  11 women die in the UK every day from ovarian cancer. Ovarian Cancer Awareness month aims to get women diagnosed as early as possible by raising awareness of symptoms and fundraising for more research. To see what happened in 2018 visit the Eve Appeal website.
1-31 March 2019 Prostate Cancer Awareness Month In the UK, about one in eight men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Prostate Cancer UK is the largest men’s health charity and they aim to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life, so the aim in March is to raise awareness and invite the public to join the fight against prostate cancer by fundraising, campaigning and donating. Look here for fundraising downloads.
11-17 March 2019 Nutrition and Hydration Week  This global movement aims to focus on nutrition and hydration as an important part of quality care, experience and safety improvement in health and social care settings. 
11-17 March 2019 Brain Awareness Week Brain Awareness Week unites organisations worldwide to promote brain research, in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages.
13 March 2019 No Smoking Day Help encourage as many smokers as possible to quit on No Smoking Day by organising your own event. Read our case study on the staff nicotine replacement therapy programme at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
15 March 2019 World Sleep Day World Sleep Day promotes important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. The aim is to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders. Take a look at our guidance on the health and wellbeing of shift workers.
24 March 2019 World Tuberculosis Day  World Tuberculosis (TB) Day raises awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic. Visit the Stop Tuberculosis Website to find out how you can get involved.
26 March 2019 Epilepsy Awareness Purple Day  50 million people have been diagnosed with epilepsy worldwide, and Purple Day is an international grassroots effort dedicated to increasing awareness about the condition. Every year on March 26, people around the world are encouraged to wear purple and host events in support of epilepsy awareness. For further information on Young Epilepsy visit the webpage.
1-30 April 2019 Stress Awareness Month During Stress Awareness Month, healthcare professionals and health promotion experts across the country will join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. Take a look at our webpages for more information about stress in the workplace.
1-30 April 2019 Bowel Cancer Awareness Month For 26 years, Bowel Cancer UK has aimed to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer. Bowel Cancer Awareness Month aims to raise awareness of bowel cancer, as well as raising money for research
1-30 April 2019 World Autism Month World Autism Month is filled with autism-friendly events and educational activities to increase understanding and acceptance, and to foster worldwide support.
5 April 2019 Walk to Work Day Walk to Work Day encourages people to set the car keys down, set the alarm early, pack a breakfast you can eat on the go, and plot your route. This helps to reduce carbon emissions as well as adding some healthy movement to your day.
7 April 2019
World Health Day World Health Day marks the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation in 1948. Each year a theme is selected that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world - the 2018 theme is 'Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere'
10-16  April 2019 Parkinson's Awareness Week World Parkinson’s Day is the biggest opportunity of the year to reach more people affected by Parkinson’s and change public attitude of the disease.
13 April 2019  International FND Awareness Day Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) is a condition in which patients experience neurological symptoms such as weakness, movement disorders, sensory symptoms and blackouts. 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 Awareness Day raises awareness of the Disorder, and encourages people to support affected individuals.
16 April 2018 Pyjamas for PanCan Wear your pyjamas to work and help to say goodnight to pancreatic cancer; the cancer that has been kept in the dark for too long. 
17 April 2019 World Haemophilia Day World Haemophilia Day aims to increase awareness and improve access to care and treatment. 
23-27 April 2019 Experience of Care Week Experience of Care week is going global this year as NHS England and NHS Improvement are collaborating with the Beryl Institute in the US, to put a spotlight on the work happening to improve experiences of care for patients, families and staff all over the world. During this week, there will be activities celebrating the amazing things that are happening globally to improve patient/family/carers and staff experiences in healthcare. 
23-27 April 2019 National Stop Smoking Week

National Stop Snoring Week is the annual event promoting general awareness that nobody need suffer as a result of snoring: it is a condition that can be treated. In 2018 the focus was on new technology and how can this help?







23-29 April 2019
European 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. 
22-28 April 2019 Allergy Awareness Week  Allergy Awareness Week raises awareness of all allergic conditions (including food, respiratory, skin and children's allergies), food intolerance and the plight of allergy sufferers. For resources go to the Allergy Awareness website 
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April 2019
MS Awareness Week Be Bold in Blue to raise funds and awareness during MS Awareness Week. This could include fundraising activities such as dressing in blue, holding a cake sale, or painting your nails. 
25 April 2019 World Malaria Day World Malaria Day aims to get everyone fundraising at work and in the community to fight malaria.
26 April 2019 On your Feet Britain On Your Feet Britain encourages workers across Britain to 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. 
May 2019 National 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.   
May 2019 Action for Brain Injury Week Action for Brain Injury Week is to campaign and raise awareness for improving life after brain injury.     
May 2019 Sun Awareness Week  With almost half of British people having been sunburnt last year, Sun Awareness Week highlights the importance of looking after your skin in the sun.      
May 2019 Deaf Awareness Week The aim of Deaf Awareness Week is to raise awareness of hearing loss in the UK and its impact on people's lives.  
May 2019 Mental 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. Take a look at our dedicated webpage for more information on mental health in the workplace.            
1-31 May 2019 National 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 2019 Action on Stroke Month "Make May Purple" is the Stroke Associations action on 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. 
7 May 2019 World Asthma Day World Asthma Day aims to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.
5-11 May 2019 Red Cross Week During Red Cross Week, people across the UK come together to help raise money for people in crisis.
10 May 2019 World Lupus Day World Lupus day raises awareness about lupus, a global health problem that affects millions of people. Lupus can affect any part of the body in any way at any time, often with unpredictable and life-changing results.
14-21 May 2019 Arthritis Care Awareness Week Arthritis Care Awareness Week raises awareness about arthritis, gathers support for people with this condition and highlights the work of Arthritis Care.
21-27 May 2019 Dementia Action Week Dementia Action Week is to raise awareness, offer support and make change happen for people with dementia.
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June 2019
Scleroderma Awareness Month
Scleroderma 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. Put June in your diary and get involved in Scleroderma Awareness Month.
June 2019 Wear 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!
June 2019 BNF Healthy Eating Week British Nutritional Foundation (BNF) Healthy Eating Week. Have Breakfast; Have 5 A Day; Drink plenty; Get active; and try something new. 
June 2019 Carers 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, and remember to get involved with @carersweek. Have a look at our webpage about supporting carers in the workplace.
June 2019 Men'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 2019 Diabetes 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. 
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June 2019
Cervical Screening Awareness Week Cervical Screening Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of the importance of cervical screening, and encourages women to get checked.
14 June 2019 World 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. 
June 2019 Breathe Easy Week Breathe Easy week is an awareness event run by the British Lung Foundation in order to raise awareness of lung conditions and help to fund research, support and campaigning work. 
June 2019 National Clean Air Day National Clean Air Day is a chance for the whole country to come together and improve air quality through collective action.
2-8 July 2018 Health 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 2018 World Hepatitus Day 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 2018 World Breast Feeding Week World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of individuals and organisations concerned with the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide based on the Innocenti Declarations, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the WHO/UNICEF Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding. WABA is in consultative status with UNICEF and an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).
15 August 2018 Cycle to Work Day Cycle to Work Day is the UK’s biggest cycle commuting event. Every year since 2012 we’ve seen thousands of enthusiastic riders hit the streets to celebrate everyday cycling. All you need to take part is a bike – new or old – and the desire to ride. You can go solo or be the change your workplace needs and organise an event for you and your colleagues. Whatever you do, however far your ride – have fun!
1-30 September 2018 Urology Awareness Month With an ageing population and the effects of today’s lifestyle, urology conditions, diseases and cancers are becoming more prevalent. Through-out the month we focus on raising awareness to breakdown stigma and encourage people to actively take care of their urology health. We do this by working with local communities and businesses to promote urology health, through health and wellbeing talks and providing information.

You can get involved this year by helping raise awareness of urology health in your place of work or local community. Or join in the Big5 challenge and help raise money to research urology cancers. 

1-30 September 2018 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.
1-30 September 2018 Vascular Disease Awareness Month Vascular disease is the collective term for diseases of the veins and arteries. It's as common as cancer and and heart disease, and accounts for 40% of deaths in the UK, many of which are preventable. Help to increase awareness and raise money to fund research.
2-8 September 2018  Migraine Awareness Week
Migraine Awareness Week (MAW) is an annual campaign to draw attention to migraine, educate the public and reduce stigma.  
3-9 September 2018 Organ 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. 
9 September 2018 National Dementia Carers Day National Dementia Carers’ Day is an annual day which raises awareness and gives 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 2018 World 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.
10-16 September 2018 Know 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. Hundreds of pressure stations will be offering free checks across the UK.
21 September 2018 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.
24-30 September 2018 Sexual Health Week Sexual Health Awareness Week, led by FPA, 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.
24-30 September 2018 National 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.
26 September 2018  National Fitness Day National Fitness Day encourages people all across the country to make 26 September the most active day of the year.
28 September 2018 World's Biggest Coffee Morning Get involved in a coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
1-28 October 2018 Stoptober Stoptober is a campaign running throughout October which encourages people to stop smoking, and offers support to help them achieve this. Have a read of our case study on the staff nicotine replacement therapy programme at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals.
1-31 October 2018 Lupus Awareness Month Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect anyone. 90% of cases are female and it is often invisible.  
1-31 October 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Month An annual international health campaign organised by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.     
1-5 October 2018 National Work Life Week National Work Life Week aims 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.
1-7 October 2018 Dyslexia Awareness Week  Show your support for people with dyslexia during the dyslexia awareness week. The British Dyslexia Association is working to create a dyslexia friendly society.

 7-13 October 2018

OCD 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. To get resources on the <a href="https://www.ocduk.org/ocd-awareness-week-resources">OCD UK website.</a>  
 8-12 October 2018 Back 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. See our dedicated webpage for more information on musculoskeletal disorders.  
9-16 October 2018 National Arthritis Week 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.    
10 October 2018  World Mental Health Day  World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues. See our webpages dedicated to mental health in the workplace.
12 October 2018 World Arthritis Day World Arthritis Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of early diagnosis of arthritis, as well as timely access to treatment.
13 October 2018  World Thrombosis Day One in four people worldwide die from causes related to thrombosis (abnormal, life-threatening blood clots that form in the artery or vein). 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 focuses attention on the often overlooked and misunderstood condition of thrombosis.
16-22 October 2018

National Adoption Week National 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. 
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2018

World Osteoporosis Day
World 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. 
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November 2018
Movember 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 2018 Lung Cancer Awareness Month The aim of the Lung Cancer Awareness 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 2018 COPD Awareness Month COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) affects millions of people across the UK, and describes a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to empty air out of the lungs because your airways have been narrowed. COPD Awareness Month helps to raise awareness of this condition, particularly as many people are living with it without realising.
7 November 2018

International Stress Awareness Day International Stress Awareness Day aims to develop greater understanding of stress and offer individuals and organisations access to proven coping strategies and sources of help. See our webpages for more information about stress in the workplace.

14 November 2018

World Diabetes Day World 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.
12-16 November 2018 Anti-Bullying Week This Anti-Bullying Week the theme is "Respect". Take a look at our webpages for more information about tackling bullying, and read our case study to see how London Ambulance Service have tackled bullying and harassment.
14 November 2018 World Diabetes Day World Diabetes Day brings together millions of people around the world to raise awareness of diabetes, and what it’s really like to live with the condition. This is a global campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) with activity taking place around the world.

19-25 November 2018

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. See our infographic for more information on alcohol awareness.
25 November to 10 December 2018 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.
1 December 2018 World 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.

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