Whole of February
LGBT+ History Month
With a theme of ‘Body, Mind, Spirit’, the organisers are seeking to ‘educate out prejudice’, and make LGBT+ people, in all their rich diversity, visible. There are plenty of resources for educators and those working with young people, on the LGBT+ History Month website.
Weeks – 1-7 February
Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Week
#itsnotok is the theme, so get involved on social media, to add your voice to the conversation. There are resources and social media graphics to share on the awareness week’s website.
Tinnitus awareness week
Raising awareness and making sure that everyone who has tinnitus is offered the right information and support, at the right time. #ThisIsMySilence on social media, plus free events and an interactive patient workshop.More information on the British Tinnitus Association website.
Children’s Mental Health Week
This year’s theme is ‘express yourself’, and there are resources for schools, home-schooling,online lessons, and independent learning, for families and youth groups too. Children (up to the start of secondary school age) are encouraged to find creative expression to share thoughts and feelings, and help them feel good about themselves. You can find the resources and events on the Children’s Mental Health Week website.
4 February – World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day is the global initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). By raising worldwide awareness, improving education and catalysing personal, collective and government action, we’re working together to reimagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equal for all – no matter who you are or where you live. Find out more on their website.
4 February – Time to Talk day
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. This year’s event might look a little different, but at times like this open conversations about mental health are more important than ever. Get involved on the Time to Change website.
12 February – Chinese New Year
Be aware of any celebrations that might be taking place among those you work with. In the Chinese community, as with many others in the last year, the celebrations may not be able to take the normal form, so there may be unhappiness about cancelled plans.
16 February – Shrove Tuesday / Pancake day
Originally Shrove Tuesday was a Christian celebration marking the start of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter, in which sugary or fatty foods were given up. It has become better known as Pancake Day, named for the most famous food consumed to use up the sugar and butter in the house. If you enjoy pancakes in your house, why not make a small celebration, and lighten everyone’s mood a little.
26 February – Purim
Another festival marked by feasting, which won’t be the same this year. Purim is a Jewish festival celebrating the survival of the Jews who were marked for death by their Persian rulers in the 5th Century BCE. The story is told in the Bible, in the book of Esther, but watch out for people you work with who are Jewish, who will be missing the traditional big get-togethers.
28 February – Rare Disease Day (sometimes held on 29 February, a rare day!)
The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. The majority of rare diseases have no cure, and many go undiagnosed. For more information, and to get involved, see the Rare Disease Day website.