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OVER THIRTEEN HEALTH RELATED AWARENESS DAYS, WEEKS AND FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 2021…

During the month of May there are over thirteen health related awareness days as well as weeks and awareness for month of May. I will try and cover each of the list below throughout this month and May to keep you up to date with the latest news.

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day on May 15th – This year’s theme is spinal cord injury at any age. Post it on Twitter or Facebook and don’t forget to add #LivingWithSCI. Aspire – supporting people with spinal injury.

World Red Cross Day May 8th and British Red Cross Week May 4th-9th – The BRC have made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone all planned public collections activity this year. This comes after carefully considering the risks of Covid-19 (coronavirus) on the health, safety and wellbeing of our amazing volunteer collectors and generous donors. However you can still help raise awareness by becoming a virtual bucket shaker means that you can still collect donations, bring your community together and raise vital funds for people in crisis. It’s quick and easy, just click the ‘Become a Virtual Bucket Shaker’ link and register for your online fundraising page now!

International ME Awareness Day May 12th and ME Awareness Week May 11th-17th – Centred on ME Awareness Day on May 12th, ME Awareness Week is a time when everyone we know puts all their valuable energy into telling the world that M.E. is a real and physical disease. Go Blue 4 ME, one of the ME Association’s most successful regular fundraising campaigns, will run again in 2020. It will be held during ME Awareness Week in May: Monday, May 11 – Sunday, May 17.

World Fibromyalgia Awareness Day May 12th and Fibromyalgia Awareness Month for May 1st-30th – May is the month we all come together to educate and raise awareness about Fibromyalgia with friends and family, at work, and in our neighborhoods. Take part to share the facts, and make a difference for all those impacted by Fibromyalgia, #SupportFibro. Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is May 12th and World Lupus Day is May 10th. Get ready to turn the month of May purple!

World Lupus Day May 10th, Lupus is a complicated condition which is still very poorly understood by the public and many within the medical profession. There are many ways that you can help to raise awareness of lupus within the community just head to the World Lupus Day website.

Arthritis Care Awareness Week May 14th-21st, Arthritis Care Awareness Week is a UK based event which raises awareness about arthritis, gathers support for people with this condition, and highlights the work of Arthritis Care, a charity which supports this event. Arthritis is a condition marked by painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints. There are many types of arthritis which can affect a person in different ways. More details on the Awareness Week on Versus Arthritis website.

International Nurses Day May 12th, International Nurses Day (IND) is observed around the world May 12 (the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth in 1820). The day is set aside to honor and note the many contributions nurses make to society. Nurses care for our loved ones at some of the most challenging times of their lives. Use #InternationalNursesDay or #VoiceToLead to share on social media.

Make May Purple/Action on Stroke Month May 1st-30th, Make May Purple is our Stroke Association fundraising and awareness campaign that coincides with National Stroke Awareness month – May. Whatever you do, don’t forget to tag the Stroke Association on social media using #MakeMayPurple and let us know what you’re up to! Lots of ideas on how to raise funds and awareness on the Stroke Association website.

Mental Health Day May 6th and Mental Health Awareness Week May 18th-23rd and Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week May 3rd-9th,#MaternalMHMatters

World MS Day May 30th, The 2020-2022 World MS Day theme is ‘connections’. MS Connections is all about building community connection, self-connection and connections to quality care. 

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NATIONAL MASSAGE DAY & PRO-TOUCH AWARENESS MONTH…

Facebook, Lizzie Badger said in these, yes, “unprecedented times”, many people have been asking if this years’ event will still happen – what with our strapline being “Join The Hands-on Revolution!” – gosh, nothing could seem further from the truth.

However, the challenges of the times we’re in have revealed a more pressing demand for a different but essential need – human connection.

The focus has therefore shifted from National Massage Day to Pro-Touch Awareness Month this year – namely – how we can touch the lives of others when physical touch is no longer possible.

We’ve seen how the heroic efforts of Sir Captain Tom have touched the hearts of the Nation – and yet so many other acts of day to day kindness and support are happening and are also available on-line. Their impact and ripple effect I believe are equally as valuable.

The month of October will see a wealth of information shared over in the public Facebook group now with over 2,400 members and growing daily! The themes are in the following areas –

  • Combating loneliness and help for when self-isolating
  • Self-care tips for mental health
  • On-line help for supporting clients
  • As always, examples of volunteering, paying it forward and supporting others.

We do still have our free expert platform with over 60 videos, testimonials, articles, benefits, podcasts and case studies from all aspects of touch therapy – from acupuncture to reiki; from lomi lomi to story massage… it’s a fascinating library of great public, student and seasoned therapist interest.

Anyone can access, download and share the information – so please do have a look and feel free to download and share any information. It’s all free of charge.

Source : Pro Touch Awareness Month