Health Awareness Days, Weeks and Months 2021
Please note some dates may change due to the current pandemic.
Dry January is the UK's one month booze free challenge that helps millions reset their relationship with alcohol every year.
Website: Alcohol Change - Dry January (opens in a new window)
Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 18 to 24 January
Organised by Jo’s Trust raises awareness of cervical cancer and how it can be prevented.
Website: Jo's Trust (opens in a new window)
Time to Talk Day 4 February
A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference. Time to Talk Day is the day that we get the nation talking about mental health.
Website: Time to change - Time to Talk Day 2021 (opens in a new window)
World Cancer Day 4 February
This year's World Cancer Day's theme, 'I Am and I Will', is all about you and your commitment to act. We believe that through our positive actions, together we can reach the target of reducing the number of premature deaths from cancer and non communicable diseases by one third by 2030.
Website: World Cancer Day (opens in a new window)
Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Find out how you can raise awareness and explore resources for getting messages out on different channels.
Website: Target Ovarian Cancer (opens in a new window)
No Smoking Day 10 March
Stopping smoking is one of the best things you'll ever do for your health. When you stop, you give your lungs the chance to repair and you'll be able to breathe easier. There are lots of other benefits too - and they start almost immediately. It's never too late to quit. Let's do this!
Website: NHS - quit smoking (opens in a new window)
World Kidney Day 11 March
Is an annual campaign to help raise awareness of kidneys and educate people on what they do and how to improve your kidney health.
Website: World kidney day (opens in a new window)
World Sleep Day 19 March
World Sleep Day is an annual event, intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. It is organised by the World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society and aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders.
Website: World sleep day (opens in a new window)
World Oral Health Day 20 March
The theme: ‘Be Proud of Your Mouth’. Focusing on the importance of oral health for overall health, because good oral health can help you live a longer, healthier life.
Website: World oral health day (opens in a new window)
Month Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Organised by Bowel Cancer UK
Website: Bowel Cancer UK (opens in a new window)
Month Stress Awareness Month
Organised by Stress Management Society
Website: Stress Management Society (opens in a new window)
National Walk to Work Day 4 April
Walking can help to clear the mind, burn calories and get your heart pumping. And doing this before work could encourage and influence you to eat healthier throughout the day.
The Big Pedal 19 to 30 April
Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking and scooting challenge. It inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose human power for their journey to school.
Website: Sustrans - Big Pedal (opens in a new window)
Month National Walking Month
May is National Walking Month and Living Streets, the national charity that works to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets, will be encouraging people to walk with their successful annual initiatives - to encourage everyone to get more walking into their day.
Website: Living Streets (opens in a new window)
Month National Smile Month
Encouraging the public to learn a little more about their oral health and find out just why it is so important in their overall well-being.
Website: National Smile Month (opens in a new window)
Month Stroke Awareness Month
Stroke UK provides support for stroke survivors and their families.
Website: Stroke Prevention form the NHS UK (opens in a new window)
Website: Stroke Association (opens in a new window)
Sun Awareness Week - date to be confirmed
Sun Awareness is the British Association of Dermatologists' annual campaign to raise awareness of skin cancer.
Website Sun Awareness Week (opens in a new window)
National Weaning Week - date to be confirmed
The aim of Weaning Week is to bring together experts, brands and real families to offer help, advice, tips, support and recipes to make weaning as easy as possible.
Website: National Weaning Week (opens in a new window)
Mental Health Awareness Week 10 to 16 May
The theme this year is nature and the environment
Website: Mental Health Awareness Foundation - Mental Health Awareness Week (opens in a new window)
Walk to School Week 17 to 21 May
Walk to School Week is a celebration where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school. Walking can benefit the whole community as well as improve an individual wellbeing.
Website: Living Street - Walk to School Week (opens in a new window)
Dementia Action Week 7 to 23 May
The week unites people, workplaces, schools and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia.
Website: Alzheimer's Society - Dementia Week (opens in a new window)
Bike Week 30 May to 5 June
Delivered by Cycling UK; is an annual celebration to showcase cycling. Riding a bike can easily be a part of everyday life and Bike Week is here to inspire people all over the UK to give cycling a try.
Website: Bike Week (opens in a new window)
World No Tobacco Day 31 May
This yearly celebration informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what WHO is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations
Website: World Health Organisation - World no tobacco day (opens in a new window)
Volunteers Week 1 to 7 June
Volunteers' Week is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.
Website: Volunteers Week (opens in a new window)
World Heart Rhythm Week 7 to 13 June
Arrhythmia Alliance World Heart Rhythm Week is an annual awareness week that focuses on detecting arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms) through the promotion of the Heart Safe campaigns.
Website: Heart Arrhythmia Alliance (opens in a new window)
Child Safety Week - date to be confirmed
Organised by the Child Accident Prevention Trust to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented.
Website: Child Accident Prevention Trust (opens in a new window)
Diabetes Awareness Week 14 to 21June
Diabetes Week happens every year in June to spread awareness of diabetes.
Website: Diabetes UK - Diabetes Week (opens in a new window)
World Blood Donor Day 14 June
To raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.
BNF Healthy Eating Week 14 to 18 June
Is a dedicated week in the year to encourage organisations across the UK (including workplaces, universities, and schools) to focus on healthy eating and drinking, and physical activity, and celebrate healthy living.
Website: Food a fact of life (opens in a new window)
Mens Health Week 14 to 20 June
Raising awareness around men’s health.
Website: Men's Health Forum (opens in a new window)
Carers Week - date to be confirmed
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
Website: Carers Week (opens in a new window)
Cervical Screening Awareness Week - date to be confirmed
Raising awareness that cervical screening prevents 75% of cervical cancers from developing.
Website: Jo's Trust (opens in a new window)
Learning Disabilities Week 21 to 27 June
The theme of the week will be focused on friendship and relationships.
Website: Mencap (opens in a new window)
World Breastfeeding Week 1 to 7 August
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of organisations and individuals who believe breastfeeding is the right of all children and mothers and who dedicate themselves to
protect, promote and support this right.
Website: Word Breastfeeding Week (opens in a new window)
Cycle to Work Day 5 August
Cycle to Work day, is the UK’s biggest cycle commuting event. All you need to take part is a bike, new or old and the desire to ride.
Website: Cycle to Work Day (opens in a new window)
Month World Alzheimer's Month
World Alzheimer's Month is the international campaign every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.
Website: Alzheimer Disease International (opens in a new window)
Organ Donation Week - date to be confirmed
Raising awareness of the important need for families to talk about organ donation to help save lives.
Website: Organ Donation (opens in a new window)
Know Your Numbers Week - date to be confirmed
Encourages adults across the UK to know their blood pressure numbers and take the necessary action to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure.
Website: Blood Pressure UK (opens in a new window)
World Suicide Prevention Day 10 September
Awareness day observed every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.
World Sepsis Day 13 September
Sepsis causes approximately six to nine million deaths worldwide every year, most of which are preventable. During World Sepsis Day events are held to raise awareness of sepsis all over the world.
Website: Word Sepsis Day (opens in a new window)
National Fitness Day - date to be confirmed
National Fitness Day is a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays across the UK, helping us raise awareness of its importance in helping us lead healthier and active lifestyles.
Website: Nation Fitness Day (opens in a new window)
On Your Feet Britain - date to be confirmed
Take part in our national day when workers across Britain unite together and participate in a variety of fun and simple activities to #SitLess and #MoveMore at work.
Website: On your feet day (opens in a new window)
Sexual Health Week - date to be confirmed
Website: Brook (opens in a new window)
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
We campaign to make sure that everyone affected by breast cancer receives the best possible treatment, services, support and care.
Website: Breast Cancer Now (opens in a new window)
International Walk to School Month
When thousands of children across the world will be celebrating walking to school.
Website: Living Streets (opens in a new window)
International Older People's Day 1 October
Raising awareness to the particular needs and challenges faced by many older people.
Website: United Nations (opens in a new window)
Silver Sunday 3 October
Silver Sunday is a special day in the national calendar when everyone can come together to celebrate older people: a day in the nation’s hearts where older people feel valued and are given new opportunities to get out of the house, keep their minds and bodies active, learn new skills, make new friends and connect with the communities.
Website: Silver Sunday (opens in a new window)
Clean Air Day - date to be confirmed
Clean Air Day is a chance to find out more about air pollution
Website: Clean Air Day (opens in a new window)
Baby Loss Awareness Week 9 to 15 October
Baby Loss Awareness Week is held annually from 9 to 15 October. It's a special opportunity to mark the lives of babies lost in pregnancy or at or soon after birth.
Website: Baby Loss Awareness (opens in a new window)
National Hate Crime Awareness Week 9 to 16 October
A week of action to raise awareness of hate crime, to remember those we have lost, and support those who need our ongoing support.
Website: National Hate Crime Awareness Week (opens in a new window)
World Mental Health Day 10 October
The day provides an opportunity "for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide".
Website: Mental Health Foundation (opens in a new window)
Global Handwashing Day 15 October
Wash your hands with soap at critical times, especially before eating, cooking, or feeding others. Establish places to wash your hands in the household, in your community, in schools, workplaces, and in health facilities.
Restart a Heart Day - date to be confirmed
Restart a Heart is a designated yearly day of action with the aim to teach vital life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills to as many people as possible.
Website: British Heart Foundation (opens in a new window)
Get On-Line Week - date to be confirmed
Giving everyone the chance to find the help they need to improve their digital skills.
Website: Get Online Week (opens in a new window)
International Stress Awareness Week 1 to 5 November
International Stress Awareness Week has developed as a major annual event focusing on stress management.
Website: ISMA - International Stress Awareness Week (opens in a new window)
World Diabetes Day 14 November
It's a day when millions of people around the world come together to raise awareness of diabetes.
Website: World Diabetes Day (opens in a new window)
Alcohol Awareness Week date to be confirmed
Alcohol Awareness Week is a chance for the UK to get thinking about drinking. It’s a week of awareness raising, campaigning for change, and more.
Website: Alcohol Change (opens in a new window)
World COPD Day - date to be confirmed
Raising awareness that life with COPD can be difficult. Everyday tasks can become a challenge. It's a progressive condition, which means there is no cure.
Website: British Lung Foundation - World COPD day (opens in a new window)
White Ribbon Day - date to be confirmed
Campaign for the elimination of Violence Against Women.
Website: White Ribbon (opens in a new window)
Anti Bullying Week - date to be confirmed
The Anti Bullying Alliance are the official organisers of Anti-Bullying Week.
Website: Bullying Alliance - Anti bullying week (opens in a new window)
Worlds Aid Day 1 December
World AIDS Day takes place on the 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness,
Website: World Aids Day (opens in a new window)