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2017 Awareness Calendar

Making 2017 a year of giving back.

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Happy New Year! Another year has come and gone and it’s time to ring in the new year with a heart of giving back. The year 2017 is marked with many special dates dedicated and devoted to raising awareness about important emotional, physical and psychological health issues. Important days, weeks and months are highlighted on the list below. So, find a cause you are passionate about and mark your calendar. It takes one person to make a difference—just think of what thousands can do. Here is to a prosperous, giving, and life changing 2017!

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



January 16-20, 2017

No Name Calling Week


January 1 – January 31, 2017

National Mentoring Month

National Blood Donor Month

Birth Defects Prevention Month

Mental Wellness Month

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month



February 1, 2017

National Freedom Day

February 3, 2017

National Wear Red Day

February 4, 2017

World Cancer Day

February 17, 2017

Random Acts of Kindness Day


February 12 – February 18, 2017

Random Acts of Kindness Week

February 26 – March 4, 2017

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week


February 1 – February 28, 2017

Black History Month

Career and Technical Education Month

Ethnic Equality Month

International Boost Self-Esteem Month

National Cancer Prevention Month

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

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March 1, 2017

Self-injury Awareness Day (SIAD)

Zero Discrimination Day

March 7, 2017

International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day

March 15, 2017

Kick Butts Day (Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids)

March 21, 2017

World Down Syndrome Day

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 22, 2017

American Diabetes Association Alert Day

World Water Day


March 2-9, 2017

National Sleep Awareness Week


March 1 – March 31, 2017

American National Nutrition Month

Brain Injury Awareness Month

Gender Equality Month

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Self Harm Awareness Month



April 2, 2017

World Autism Awareness Day

April 6, 2017

National Alcohol Screening Day

April 7, 2017

World Health Day

National Alcohol Screening Day

April 10, 2017

Siblings Day

April 21, 2017

Day of Silence

April 27, 2017

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day


April 3-7, 2017

National Youth Violence Prevention Week

April 23 - 29, 2017

National Infertility Awareness Week

National Family Volunteer Week


April 1 – April 30, 2017

Alcohol Awareness Month

Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Month of the Military Child

National Autism Awareness 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

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May 14, 2017

Mother’s Day

May 20, 2017

Ankylosing Spondylitis Awareness Day

May 25, 2017

National Missing Children’s Day

May 31, 2017

World No Tobacco Day


May 1 –7, 2017

Screen-Free Week - unplug from digital entertainment

May 7 –13, 2017

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

May 14 –20, 2017

National Women's Health Week

May 14 – 20, 2017

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


May 1 – May 31, 2017

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Family Support Month

Global Youth Traffic Safety Month

Huntington's Disease Awareness Month

Mental Health Month

Military Appreciation Month

National Foster Care Month

National Maternal Depression Awareness Month

National Mobility Awareness Month

Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Self-Discovery Month

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month



June 18, 2017

Father's Day


June 12 –18, 2017

National Men's Health Week


June 1 – June 30, 2017

AIDS Awareness Month

Children’s Awareness Month

Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

National Hunger Awareness Month

PTSD Awareness Month

Student Safety Month

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July 1 – 31, 2017

Purposeful Parenting Month

National Minority Mental Health Month(link is external)



August 6, 2017

Friendship Day

August 8, 2017

National Happiness Happens Day

August 13, 2017

National Left Handers Day

August 26, 2017

Women’s Equality Day


August 1 – August 31, 2017

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Immunization Awareness Month



September 8, 2017

International Literacy Day

September 10, 2017

Grandparent’s Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

September 21, 2017

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) Day

September 29, 2017

World Heart Day


September 10 – 16, 2017

National Suicide Prevention Week


September 1 – 30, 2017

Childhood Cancer Awareness month

Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Children’s Good Manners Month

Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

National Preparedness Month

National Recovery Month

Self-Awareness Month

Self-Improvement Month

Sickle Cell Awareness Month

National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15)

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October 2, 2017

International Day of Non-Violence

October 5, 2017

World Teachers’ Day

National Depression Screening Day

October 10, 2017

World Mental Health Day

October 15, 2017

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day


October 15 – 21, 2017

National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW)

America’s Safe Schools Week

October 23 – 31, 2017

Red Ribbon Week (Drug-Free America)


October 1 – October 31, 2017

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

Positive Attitude Month

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Rett Syndrome Awareness Month

Selective Mutism Awareness Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15)



November 13, 2017

World Kindness Day

November 14, 2017

World Diabetes Day

November 16, 2017

International Day for Tolerance

Great American Smokeout

National Parental Involvement Day

November 18, 2017

International Survivors of Suicide Day

National Adoption Day

November 24, 2017

Native American Heritage Day


November 11 – November 19, 2017

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week


November 1 – November 30, 2017

Adoption Awareness Month

National Career Development Month

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

National Runaway Prevention Month

Native American Heritage Month



December 1, 2017

World AIDS Day

December 3, 2017

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 10, 2017

Human Rights Day


December 1 – December 31, 2017

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.