May: The Month of Health Awareness

Spring has sprung, and with it many important and engaging awareness days and campaigns running throughout May. Instead of focusing on a single campaign, we thought we would highlight a few to help promote and recognize all the wonderful work being done in our community, nationwide and around the world!

May 1stDoctor’s Day 

May 7thNational Child and Youth Mental Health Day #LetsTalk 

May 12thNational Nursing Day #ThankANurse 

May 17thInternational Day Against Homophobia #IDAHOT2017 

In addition to these awareness days, there are many weekly themes running throughout May. Three campaigns we have chosen to highlight are Mental Health Week, National Hospice Palliative Care Week and National Nursing Week.

This year is the 66th Annual Canadian Mental Health Association Mental Health Week (May 1-7)! This year’s campaign is all about speaking up and getting loud about mental health, bringing awareness and action to the issues we all face. Be sure to join the conversation online with the hashtag #GetLoud!

National Hospice Palliative Care Week (May 7-13) is a time to celebrate and acknowledge all of the wonderful programs and organizations in our community providing amazing supports to those nearing the end of their lives. Overall, hospice palliative care is about living life – and living it well - right to the end.

The role of nursing is continually evolving, particularly as we expand health supports into the community and use technology to advance care. This May we are celebrating the wonderful work nurses do through the hashtag #ThankANurse. Over the course of National Nursing Week (May 8-14) we will be profiling the amazing work nurses do and the impact they have in our community. 

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This May, we’re launching general awareness campaigns on social media to connect residents with the self-care information and health care resources they need to support overall well-being and a healthy lifestyle. 

To learn more, please follow us on Twitter @WW_LHIN.