Awareness raising and other campaigns that will occur during October.

Whole month of October  


Stoptober encourages smokers to find the most suitable support for them, rather than trying to go “cold turkey”.
Find out more on the Stoptober website.

ADHD Awareness Month

ADHD is a highly genetic, brain-based syndrome that has to do with the regulation of a particular set of brain functions and related behaviors.
Find out more on the ADHD  website.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

With one woman being diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK every ten minutes, Breast Cancer Awareness Month urges everyone to get checked. So, don’t be ignorant, go for a medical checkup and key an eye out for symptoms.
See the Breast Cancer Aware website for more details.

Go Sober for October

Go Sober for October encourages people to go booze-free for the 31 days of October and raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
See the Go Sober website for details.

International Walk to School Month

A Five-day Walking Challenge is the perfect activity to celebrate International Walk to School Month, as well as classroom activities to make the pupils feel empowered to change their walking environment for the better: they experience first hand the importance of walking to school.
See the Living Streets website for details of the campaign.

Black History Month

Raising awareness of the impact and legacy of black people in the UK, their contribution and ongoing part to play.
Join in on the Black History Month website.


7 – 13 October

Dyslexia Awareness Week

This year will focus on schools and businesses empowering people with dyslexia. See the British Dyslexia Association website for information.

9 – 15 October

Baby Loss Awareness Week

Baby Loss Awareness Week aims to raise awareness about pregnancy and baby death in the UK. Throughout the week bereaved parents, their families and friends, unite with each other and others across the world to commemorate the lives of babies who died during pregnancy, at or soon after birth and in infancy.
For information, see the Baby Loss Awareness website.



1 October

International Day of Older Persons

To empowering older persons in all dimensions of development, including promoting their active participation in social, economic and political life, is one way to ensure their inclusiveness and reduce inequalities.
See the United Nations Older Persons Day website for more information.

10 October

World Mental Health Day

Presented by the World Federation of Mental Health, the goal is to help raise mental health awareness. Each of us can make a contribution to ensure that people dealing with problems concerning mental health can live better lives with dignity.
See the Mental Health website for details.

11 October

International Day of the Girl Child

Across the world, girls face adversities that hinder their education, training and entry into the workforce. They have less access to information, communication technology and resources, such as the internet where the global gender gap is growing. This year the theme is “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force”,  you are encouraged to join UN Women as they stand with girls everywhere as they inspire, innovate and take charge of their own future.
See the United Nations Women website for information.

12 October

Hospice UK: World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2019

Hospice Care Week is our chance to celebrate the amazing work across the UK of more than 200 hospices, who provide help, support and care to over 200,000 patients, carers and families every year.
For details, see the Hospice UK website.

18 October

World Menopause Day

World Menopause Day is a worldwide awareness call for women who face health issues when approaching, during and beyond the menopause.
For details, see The BMS website.