2018 Awareness Calendar

Making a difference in 2018.

Posted Jan 01, 2018

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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. The year 2018 is marked with many special dates dedicated and devoted to raising awareness about emotional, physical and psychological health issues. So, find an event or organization that you're passionate about and mark your calendars.

It takes one person to make a difference—just think of what thousands could do. Here is to a prosperous, giving, and life changing 2018!

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

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January 11, 2018

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day


January 15-19, 2018

No Name Calling Week


January 1 – January 31, 2018

National Mentoring Month

National Blood Donor Month

Birth Defects Prevention Month

Mental Wellness Month



February 1, 2018

National Freedom Day

February 2, 2018

National Wear Red Day

February 4, 2018

World Cancer Day

February 17, 2018

Random Acts of Kindness Day


February 11 – February 17, 2018

Random Acts of Kindness Week

February 18 – February 24, 2018

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week


February 1 – February 28, 2018

Black History Month

Career and Technical Education Month

International Boost Self-Esteem Month

National Cancer Prevention Month

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month



March 1, 2018

Self-injury Awareness Day (SIAD)

Zero Discrimination Day

March 8, 2018

International Women's Day

March 21, 2018

Kick Butts Day (Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids)

World Down Syndrome Day

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 22, 2018

World Water Day

March 27, 2018

American Diabetes Association Alert Day


March 4-11, 2018

National Sleep Awareness Week

March 19-23, 2018

National Youth Violence Prevention Week


March 1 – March 31, 2018

American National Nutrition Month

Brain Injury Awareness Month

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

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April 2, 2018

World Autism Awareness Day

April 5, 2018

National Alcohol Screening Day

April 7, 2018

World Health Day

April 10, 2018

Siblings Day

April 15, 2018


April 26, 2018

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

April 27, 2018

Day of Silence


April  15 - 21, 2018

National Family Volunteer Week

April  22 - 28, 2018

National Infertility Awareness Week

April 30 – May 6, 2018

Screen-Free Week - unplug from digital entertainment


April 1 – April 30, 2018

Alcohol Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Month of the Military Child

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 10, 2018

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

May 25, 2018

National Missing Children’s Day

May 31, 2018

World No Tobacco Day


May 13 –19, 2018

National Women's Health Week

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


May 1 – May 31, 2018

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Global Youth Traffic Safety Month

Huntington's Disease Awareness Month

Mental Health Month

Military Appreciation Month

National Foster Care Month

National Mobility Awareness Month

Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month



June 3, 2018

National Cancer Survivors Day

June 17, 2018

Father's Day 


June 11 –17, 2018

National Men's Health Week


June  1 – June 30, 2018

LGBT Pride Month

Men's Health Month

National Safety Month

PTSD Awareness Month

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July 30, 2018

World Day against Trafficking in Persons 


July 1 – 31, 2018

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

National Minority Mental Health Month 



August 5, 2018

Friendship Day

August 13, 2018

National Left Handers Day

August 26, 2018                                              

Women’s Equality Day


August 1 – August 31, 2018

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Immunization Awareness Month

National Breastfeeding Awareness Month



September 8, 2018

International Literacy Day

September 9, 2018

Grandparent’s Day

September 10, 2018

World Suicide Prevention Day

September 19, 2018

National School Backpack Awareness Day

September 29, 2018

World Heart Day


September 9 – 15, 2018

National Suicide Prevention Week

September 23-29, 2018

Child Passenger Safety Week


September 1 – 30, 2018

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Children’s Good Manners Month

Hunger Action Month

Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Month

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

National Preparedness Month

National Recovery Month

Sickle Cell Awareness Month

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



October 2, 2018

International Day of Non-Violence

October 5, 2018

World Teachers’ Day

October 10, 2018

World Mental Health Day

October 11, 2018

National Depression Screening Day

October 15, 2018

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

October 16, 2018

World Food Day


October 7 - 13, 2018

Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 21 – 27, 2018

National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW)

October 23 – 31, 2018

Red Ribbon Week (Drug-Free America)


October 1 – October 31, 2018

ADHD 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

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month

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November 13, 2018

World Kindness Day

November 15, 2018

Great American Smokeout

National Parental Involvement Day

November 16, 2018

International Day for Tolerance

November 17, 2018

International Survivors of Suicide Day

November 18, 2018

National Adoption Day

November 23, 2018

Native American Heritage Day


November 12 – November 18, 2018

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week


November 1 – November 30, 2018

Adoption Awareness Month

National Career Development Month

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



December 1, 2018

World AIDS Day

December 3, 2018

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 10, 2018

Human Rights Day


December 1 – December 31, 2018

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

Safe Toys and Celebrations Month

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“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”  ― Maya Angelou

Disclaimer: I may have unintentionally missed some important dates, or they may not have been posted at the time this blog was written. If you have a special day, week or month to bring attention to, please feel free to add your cause/event in the comment section for other readers. Thank you and have a blessed year!