Calendar of national health and wellbeing campaigns table

We have put together this selection of national and international campaigns to help health and wellbeing leads to plan your health and wellbeing strategy and activities for the year ahead.

If you have a national health and wellbeing campaign that NHS staff will benefit from please submit your campaign for review by completing this form.

1 to 31 January 2021
Dry January 
Dry January challenges you to go alcohol free for 31 days and aims to raise awareness of the effects of alcohol.
18 to 24 January 2021 Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 35, and 75% of cervical cancers are prevented by cervical screening (smear tests). Cervical Cancer Prevention Week encourages women to reduce their risk of the disease by promoting the steps they can take to look after their health.

4 February 2021 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. You may also want to take a look at our additional guidance for employers on supporting employees with long-term health conditions returning to and continuing in work. 
4 February 2021
Time to Talk Day

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.


1 to 31 March 2021 Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian cancer is a disease that can disrupt the normal function of the ovaries. If it’s left unchecked, it can affect other parts of the body too. To find out more information visit Target Ovarian Cancer. You may also want to take a look at our additional guidance for employers on supporting employees with long-term health conditions returning to and continuing in work.

1 to 7 March 2021 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. 
10 March 2021
No Smoking Day
No smoking day is to encourage and support smokers to quit the habit.
11 March 2021 World Kidney Day World Kidney Day is an annual campaign to help raise awareness of kidneys and educate people on what they do and how to improve your kidney health. We’d love you to get involved and help us get kidneys on everyone’s radar.
11 to 18 March 2021 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. 
19 March 2021 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. 
20 March 2021
World Oral Health Day
90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime and many of them can be avoided with increased governmental, health association and society support and funding for prevention, detection and treatment programmes. World Oral Health Day offers the dental and oral health community a platform to take action and help reduce the overall disease burden. 
1 to 30 April 2021
Stress Awareness Month
During Stress Awareness Month, healthcare professionals and health promotion experts across the country will join forces to increase public awareness about the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. Take a look at our web pages for more information about stress in the workplace.
7 April 2021 World Health Day
World health day is to highlight a priority area of public health concern in the world.
29 April 2021 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. 
1 to 31 May 2021
National Walking Month
National Walking Month encourages people to walk more throughout May. Initiatives include, Walk to Work Week and Walk to School Week. 
5 May 2021 Global Hand Hygiene Day
Save lives: Clean your hands calls on health facilities to prevent health care-associated sepsis through hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) action. Sepsis is estimated to affect more than 30 million patients every year worldwide. 
3 to 9 May 2021 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.
3 to 9 May 2021 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. Get involved through the UK Council on Deafness website.
10 to 16 May 2021
Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week is all about raising awareness and promoting better mental health. Take a look at our dedicated web page for more information on mental health in the workplace.
7 to 13 June 2021
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. Look at our web page about supporting carers in the workplace.
TBC June 2021 National Blood Donor Week National Blood Donor week 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. To register to donate blood in the UK, visit the NHS give blood webpage.
14 to 18 June 2021 British Nutritional Foundation (BNF) Healthy Eating Week BNF Healthy Eating Week celebrates and promotes healthy eating, as well as food provenance, cooking and being active.
14 to 20 June 2021
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. 

14 to 20  June 2021

Cervical Screening Awareness Week Around 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK each year.  More than half of cases in the UK  are diagnosed in women aged 45 or under. Cervical
16 June 2021 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.
5 August 2021 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. 

6 to 12 September 2021

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. This year around 250,000 free checks will be available across the UK.
10 September 2021
World Suicide Prevention Day
World Suicide Prevention Day promotes worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.

13 September 2021


World Sepsis Day
Sepsis causes approximately six to nine million deaths worldwide every year, most of which are preventable. During World Sepsis Day events are held to raise awareness of sepsis  all over the world. It can range from medical education, to sports activities and fundraising events. 
17 September 2021 World Patient Safety Day The objectives of World Patient Safety Day are to increase public awareness and engagement, enhance global understanding, and spur global solidarity and action to promote patient safety.

20 to 26 September 2021

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 well-being. 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.
20 to 26 September 2021 Organ Donation Week Encourage people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and encourage people to share their donation decision. For further information visit the NHS Blood and Transplant website
22 September 2021
National Fitness Day
National Fitness Day encourages people all across the country to make 26 September the most active day of the year.
25 September 2021
World's Biggest Coffee Morning
Get involved in a coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
1 to 28 October 2021
Stoptober is a campaign running throughout October which encourages people to stop smoking, and offers support to help achieve a smoke free. 
1 to 31 October 2021
National Cholesterol Month
National Cholesterol Month is devoted to raising funds for Heart UK and raising awareness about the dangers of high cholesterol. 
1 to 31 October 2021 Breast Cancer Awareness Month Breast Cancer Awareness month helps to raise awareness for the disease and to raise funds for research. The campaign also offers information and free resources to help you with your local campaigns. You may also want to take a look at our additional guidance for employers on supporting employees with long-term health conditions returning to and continuing in work. 
4 to 8 October 2021 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 web page for more information on musculoskeletal disorders.
10 October 2021
World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues. See our web pages dedicated to mental health in the workplace.
11 to 15 October 2021 National Work Life Week National Work Life Week aims to get both employers and their employees talking about wellbeing at work and work life balance. 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.
14 to 20 October 2021
International Infection Prevention Control Week
Infection prevention control week is about raising awareness for the important role we all play in keeping patients safe from infection. 
18 October 2021
World Menopause Day
World Menopause Day is to raise awareness about the menopause and to pledge support for women who face health issues when approaching, during and beyond the menopause.
1 to 30 November 2021
Movember Men's Health Awareness Month

Each year, Movember is responsible for thousands of mustaches 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. You may also want to take a look at our additional guidance for employers on supporting employees with long-term health conditions returning to and continuing in work. 

1 to 5 November 2021
International Stress Awareness Week
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 web page for more information about stress in the workplace.

15 to 20 November 2021

Anti-Bullying Week
This Anti-Bullying Week the theme is "Respect". Take a look at our web pages for more information about tackling bullying, and read our case study to see how London Ambulance Service have tackled bullying and harassment.
15 to 21 November 2021
Alcohol Awareness Week
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.
25 November to 10 December 2021
16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence
The 16 Days of action against domestic violence campaign is a time to take action to end violence against women and girls around the world.
1 December 2021
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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