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Happy New Year! The year 2016 is marked with many special dates dedicated and devoted to raising awareness about important emotional, physical and psychological health issues. Below is a list highlighting important days, weeks and months. So, go ahead and mark your calendar with these essential dates. It takes one person to make a difference—just think of what thousands can do. Here is to a prosperous, giving and life changing 2016!

 “A life lived for others, is the only life worth living.” ~Albert Einstein



January 18 – January 22, 2016

No Name Calling Week


January 1 – January 31, 2016

National Mentoring Month

National Blood Donor Month

Birth Defects Prevention Month

Mental Wellness Month

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month



February 1, 2016

National Freedom Day

February 4, 2016

World Cancer Day

February 5, 2016

National Wear Red Day

February 15, 2016

International Childhood Cancer Day

February 17, 2016

Random Acts of Kindness Day


February 14 – February 20, 2016

Random Acts of Kindness Week

February 21 – February 27, 2016

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week


February 1 – February 28, 2016

Children’s Dental Health Month

Ethnic Equality Month

National Cancer Prevention Month

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month



March 1, 2016

Self-injury Awareness Day (SIAD)

Zero Discrimination Day

March 16, 2016

Kick Butts Day (Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids)

March 21, 2016

World Down Syndrome Day

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 22, 2016

American Diabetes Association Alert Day


March 6-12, 2016

National Sleep Awareness Week


March 1 – March 31, 2016

American National Nutrition Month

Brain Injury Awareness Month

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Self Harm Awareness Month



April 1, 2016

World Autism Awareness Day

April 7, 2016

World Health Day

National Alcohol Screening Day

April 15, 2016

Day of Silence

April 28, 2016

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day


April 4-8, 2016

National Youth Violence Prevention Week

April  24 - 30, 2016

National Infertility Awareness Week


April 1 – April 30, 2016

Alcohol Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month

Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) Alcohol Awareness Month 

STD Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Stress Awareness Month

Youth Sports Safety Month



May 21, 2016

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) Day

May 31, 2016

World No Tobacco Day


May 1 –7, 2016

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

May 2 –8, 2016

National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week

May 8 –14, 2016

National Women's Health Week

May 15 – 21, 2016

National Prevention Week by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations (SAMHSA)


May 1 – May 31, 2016

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Family Support Month

Global Youth Traffic Safety Month

Helping American Youth Month

Huntington's Disease Awareness Month

Mental Health Month

National Maternal Depression Awareness Month

National Mobility Awareness Month

Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Scholarship Month

Self-Discovery Month

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Social Media Month

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month



June 27, 2016

National PTSD Awareness Day 


June 13 –19, 2016

National Men's Health Week


June  1 – June 30, 2016

AIDS Awareness Month

Children’s Awareness Month

Father's Day Month

Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

Student Safety Month



July 30, 2016

International Day of Friendship


July 1 – 31, 2016

Purposeful Parenting Month

National Minority Mental Health Month(link is external)



August 1 – August 31, 2016

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Immunization Awareness Month



September 10, 2016

World Suicide Prevention Day

September 25, 2016

National Psychotherapy Day

September 29, 2016

World Heart Day


September 5 – 11, 2016

National Suicide Prevention Week


September 1 – 30, 2016

Childhood Cancer Awareness month

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Children’s Good Manners Month

Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month

National Recovery Month

Self-Awareness Month

Self-Improvement Month

Sickle Cell Awareness Month

National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month



October 2, 2016

International Day of Non-Violence

October 5, 2016

World Teachers Day

October 6, 2016

National Depression Screening Day

October 10, 2016

World Mental Health Day

October 15, 2016

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day


October 5 – 9, 2016

Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 16 – 22, 2016

National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW)

October 23 – 31, 2016

Red Ribbon Week (Drug-Free America)


October 1 – October 31, 2016

ADHD Awareness Month

AIDS Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Bullying Prevention Month

Cyber Security Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Rett Syndrome Awareness Month

Selective Mutism Awareness Month



November 13, 2016

World Kindness Day

November 14, 2016

World Diabetes Day

November 16, 2016

International Day for Tolerance

November 17, 2016

Great American Smokeout

November 19, 2016

International Survivors of Suicide Day

National Adoption Day 


November 1 – November 30, 2016

Adoption Awareness Month

National Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (CRPS) Awareness Month

Runaway Prevention Month



December 1, 2016

World AIDS Day

December 10, 2016

Human Rights Day


December 1 – December 31, 2016

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

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"Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~Ghandi

Disclaimer: I may have unintentionally missed some important dates. If so, please feel free to add your cause/event in the comment section for other readers. Thank you.


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