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Epilepsy & Mental Health Calendar

We include epilepsy and mental health days from around the world because we believe that we should all join together to raise awareness, understanding and hope; together!

International Epilepsy Day

Second Monday in February

International Epilepsy Day is a special event which promotes awareness of epilepsy in more than 120 countries each year. Every year on the second Monday of February people join together to celebrate and highlight the problems faced by people with epilepsy, their families and carers.
Find out more: www.who.int/mental_health/neurology/epilepsy/international_day/en

Time to Talk Day

7 Feb (2019)

Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health.
Find out more: www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day

Children's Mental Health Week

4-10 February (2019)

Children's Mental Health Week hopes to raise awareness of the benefits of getting children support at the earliest possible opportunity, and to encourage parents to talk openly with children about their feelings and getting help.
Find out more: www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

25 February – 3 March (2019)

Eating disorders affect millions of people from each and every background and may be more common in those with epilepsy.
Find out more: www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/edaw

Brain Injury Awareness Month


Brain injury is unpredictable in its consequences. Brain injury affects who we are and the way we think, act, and feel. It can change everything about us in a matter of seconds. Brain injury can lead to epilepsy and mental health illnesses.
Find out more: www.biausa.org/public-affairs/public-awareness/brain-injury-awareness

Sleep Awareness Week

10-16 March (2019)

Loin the National Sleep Foundation in celebrating its annual Sleep Awareness Week, March 10 to 16, 2019. This year’s theme “Begin with Sleep” highlights the importance of good sleep health for individuals to best achieve their personal, family, and professional goals.
Find out more: www.sleepfoundation.org/press-release/sleep-awareness-week-2019

World Sleep Day

15 March (2019)

Time and time again, sleep medicine professionals and researchers came up against the belief that sleep was not important enough in personal health and well-being to be a priority. That coupled with society’s 24/7 flow, the founders of this awareness event aim to celebrate the importance of healthy sleep.
Find out more: worldsleepday.org

Brain Awareness Week

16-22 March (2020)

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research.
Find out more: www.dana.org/BAW

World Down’s Syndrome Day

21 March

Significantly more people with Downs have epilepsy than in the general population. Every year World Down Syndrome Day* is celebrated on 21 March. Children and adults with Down’s syndrome are all unique individuals with their own personalities, family backgrounds and preferences that make them who they are.
Find out more: www.downs-syndrome.org.uk/about/campaigns/world-downs-syndrome-day

FND Awareness Day

25 March

A Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) can encompass a diverse range of symptoms including limb weakness, paralysis, seizures, walking difficulties, spasms, twitching and more which are commonly seen in Neurology and Epilepsy clinics, and in paediatric care.
Find out more: www.fndaction.org.uk

Purple Day

26 March

On Purple Day people are encouraged to wear the colour to increase awareness of Epilepsy. It was initiated by the incredible Cassidy Megan, a young girl who created the initiative in 2008 after getting motivated by the struggles she had with epilepsy.
Find out more: www.purpleday.org

Stress Awareness Month


During this annual thirty day period, health care 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.
Find out more: stressawarenessmonth.com

Autism Awareness Day

2 April (2020)

Autistic people are more likely to develop epilepsy than those who are neurotypical. And people with epilepsy are more likely to be autistic than those without epilepsy.
Find out more: www.un.org/en/events/autismday

World Autism Awareness Week

1-7 April (2019)

Autistic people are more likely to develop epilepsy than those who are neurotypical. And people with epilepsy are more likely to be autistic than those without epilepsy.
Find out more: www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/membership/magazine/current-issue/epilepsy.aspx

Autism Awareness Month


National Autism Awareness Month represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.
Find out more: www.autism-society.org/get-involved/national-autism-awareness-month

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

9 May

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development. Mental health issues in children with epilepsy are more common that in the general population.
Find out more: www.apa.org/pi/families/children-awareness-day

National Epilepsy Week

20-26 May (2019)

National Epilepsy Week originated in the UK but we say: let’s all use it!
Find out more: www.epilepsy.org.uk/epilepsyweek

Mental Health Awareness Week

13-19 May (2019)

National Epilepsy Week originated in the UK but we say: let’s all use it!
Find out more: www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/mental-health-awareness-week-2019

Mental Health Awareness Month


This Mental Health Awareness Month originated in the US, but we say: let’s all use it!
Find out more: www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may

Infant Mental Health Awareness Week

10-16 June (2019)

A week-long campaign organised by The Association for Infant Mental Health UK (AIMH UK). This year’s topic is ‘Difficult Beginnings’.
Find out more: maternalmentalhealthalliance.org/news/infant-mental-health-awareness-week-2019

Men’s Mental Health Week

10-16 June 2019

The focus for 2019 is men's health by numbers. We'll be looking at the key numbers that men need to know about their own health and at the statistics that policy-makers need to know including the impact of inequality and deprivation.
Find out more: www.menshealthforum.org.uk/mhw

National Carers Week

10-16 June (2019)

Carers Week highlights the physical and mental strain felt by unpaid carers This is a week in the UK but we say: let’s all use it!
Find out more: www.mentalhealthamerica.net/minority-mental-health-month

Minority Mental Health Month


July was designated as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face in regard to mental illness in the United States (US). Groups including racial, ethnic, cultural & sexual minorities.
Find out more: www.carersweek.org

International Overdose Awareness Day

31 August

International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on 31 August each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. national Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable.
Find out more: www.overdoseday.com/

International Day of Charity

5 September

This UN day celebrates how charity contributes to the promotion of dialogue, solidarity and mutual understanding ‎among people. The day is commemorated by encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.
Find out more: www.un.org/en/events/charityday

National Suicide Prevention Month


We can all help prevent suicide. Every year, the Lifeline and other mental health organizations and individuals across the U.S. and around the world raise awareness of suicide prevention during September, National Suicide Prevention Month. 
Find out more: suicidepreventionlifeline.org/promote-national-suicide-prevention-month

World Suicide Prevention Day

10 September

Organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organisation, the purpose of the day is to promote worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.
Find out more: www.iasp.info/wspd

R U OK Day

12 September

Are You Ok Day is an annual national day of action that aims to get Australians, right across the entire spectrum of society, connecting with friends and loved ones, by reaching out to anyone doing it tough and simply asking: "Are you ok?" talking about suicide with someone at risk actually reduces the chances of them taking their life. It is the one thing we can all do to make a real difference. R U OK ? Day is about prevention, preventing little problems turning into big problems.
Find out more: www.ruok.org.au

Mental Health Month


This Mental Health Awareness Month originated in NSW, Australia, but we say: let’s all use it! - NSW, AUSTRALIA
Find out more: mentalhealthmonth.wayahead.org.au

Mental Illness Awareness Week

October – first week

Each year, during the first week of October, NAMI and participants across the US raise awareness of mental illness. Each year, they educate the public, fight stigma and provide support. And each year, their movement grows stronger.
Find out more: www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Mental-Illness-Awareness-Week

World Mental Health Day

10 October

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. In 2019: focus on suicide prevention
Find out more: www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2019/en

National Epilepsy Awareness Month


National Epilepsy Awareness Month (NEAM) – originated in the US but we say: let’s all use it!
Find out more: www.epilepsy.com/make-difference/public-awareness/national-epilepsy-awareness-month

National Stress Awareness Day

First Wednesday of November

The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the effects of psychological distress in the workplace and of the many coping strategies and sources of help available to address it.
Find out more: www.isma.org.uk/about-national-stressawareness-day-nsad

Mental Health Month


This Mental Health Awareness Month originated in NSW, Australia, but we say: let’s all use it! - NSW, AUSTRALIA
Find out more: www.isma.org.uk/about-national-stressawareness-day-nsad

Rett Syndrome Awareness Month


Every 2 hours a baby girl is born who develops the genetic Rett syndrome. That's more often than Huntington's disease. 90% of those with Retts have epilepsy.
Find out more: www.rettsyndrome.org https://www.rettuk.org/what-is-rett-syndrome

World Science Day for Peace & Development

10 November

This UN day celebrates the responsible use of science to further the advancement of peace and development across the world.
Find out more: www.un.org/en/events/scienceday

Psychology Week

10-16 November (2019)

Psychology Week originated in Australia, but we say: let’s all use it! It is an annual initiative of the Australian Psychological Society that aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can help Australians lead healthier, happier and more meaningful lives.
Find out more: www.psychology.org.au/for-the-public/Psychology-Week

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

3 December

This UN day aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
Find out more: www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday

International Volunteer Day

5 December

This UN day is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.
Find out more: www.un.org/en/events/volunteerday