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2021 Mental Health & Wellbeing Calendar




01 to 31 January 2021

Dry January challenges you to go alcohol free for 31 days and aims to raise awareness of the effects of alcohol.

01 to 31 January 2021

Since 2014, Veganuary has inspired and supported more than one million people in 192 countries to try vegan for January – and beyond.

13 to 20 January 2021

Obesity in the UK has become quite a problem. However, National Obesity Awareness Week aims to tackle the issue by reminding us all about the difficulties that come from being obese, what we can do to prevent it and how we can correct it if we are affected

14 January 2021

Make one small change to reduce your risk of stroke. Make the pledge today

18 to 24 January 2021

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 35, and 75% of cervical cancers are prevented by cervical screening (smear tests). Cervical Cancer Prevention Week encourages women to reduce their risk of the disease by promoting the steps they can take to look after their health.

18 January 2021

‘Blue Monday’

Falsely claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. Lets Turn it on its head and rebrand it as ‘Bright Blue Monday’. Wear something bright and colourful and celebrate the joy of life.

01 to 07 February 2021

Launched to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Now in its seventh year, the hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word. This year’s theme is ‘Express Yourself’

04 February 2021

World cancer day is the ideal opportunity to spread the word and raise awareness of cancer in people’s minds and the world media. This global event takes place every year on 4 February and aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by encouraging individuals to take action. You may also want to take a look at our additional guidance for employers on supporting employees with long-term health conditions returning to and continuing in work. 

04 February 2021

Time to talk day is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives. This year’s event might look a little different, but at times like this open conversations about mental health are more important than ever.

08 February 2021

Promotes awareness of epilepsy in more than 130 countries each year. Every year on the second Monday of February people join together to acknowledge and highlight the problems faced by people with epilepsy, their families and carers.

17 to 23 February 2021

A week dedicated to kindness and taking that extra, conscious step to brighten somebody’s day.

01 to 31 March 2021

Ovarian cancer is a disease that can disrupt the normal function of the ovaries. If it’s left unchecked, it can affect other parts of the body too. To find out more information visit Target Ovarian Cancer. You may also want to take a look at our additional guidance for employers on supporting employees with long-term health conditions returning to and continuing in work.

01 to 7 March 2021

Eating Disorders Awareness week is an international awareness event, fighting the myths and misunderstandings that surround eating disorders. Awareness is raised to spotlight the impact eating disorders can have on an individual and highlight what individuals, colleagues and employers can do to support someone’s recovery. 

08 March 2021

A global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

10 March 2021

No smoking day is to encourage and support smokers to quit the habit.

19 March 2021

World sleep day  promotes important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. The aim is to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders. 

11 March 2021

World Kidney Day is an annual campaign to help raise awareness of kidneys and educate people on what they do and how to improve your kidney health. We’d love you to get involved and help us get kidneys on everyone’s radar.

15 to 21 March 2021

This global movement aims to focus on nutrition and hydration as an important part of quality care, experience and safety improvement in health and social care settings. 

20 March 2021

90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime and many of them can be avoided with increased governmental, health association and society support and funding for prevention, detection and treatment programmes. World Oral Health Day offers the dental and oral health community a platform to take action and help reduce the overall disease burden. 

23 to 28 March 2021

It’s true that regular exercise can boost our sense of wellbeing as well as our physical health. But with busy lives and so many demands on our time, how do we make sure we’re doing it? National Workout and Wellbeing Week will help you out – and the good news is that you don’t need to get sweaty

29 March to 4 April

Raising awareness & campaigning for the rights and interests of autistic people and their families

30 March 2021

WBD provides a moment to join together in solidarity around the goals of increasing awareness, acceptance and funding for this illness –

01 to 30 April 2021

During Stress Awareness Month, healthcare professionals and health promotion experts across the country will join forces to increase public awareness about the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. Take a look at our web pages for more information about stress in the workplace.

01 to 30 April 2021

Raising awareness and promoting the importance of early diagnosis and access to treatment and care across the UK

05 to 10 April

Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world. This week aims to raise awarenes and campaign on behalf of people with Parkinsons and their families

07 April 2021

World health day is to highlight a priority area of public health concern in the world.

29 April 2021

On your feet Britain encourages workers across Britain to unite together and participate in a variety of fun and simple activities to #SitLess and #MoveMore at work. The On your feet Britain challenge dares you to convert ‘sitting time’ to ‘standing time’ by following some simple changes. 

01 to 31 May 2021

National Walking Month encourages people to walk more throughout May. Initiatives include, Walk to Work Week and Walk to School Week. 

04 to 09 May 2021

Maternal Mental Health Week

A week-long campaign dedicated to talking about mental illness during and after pregnancy. It’s all about raising public and professional awareness of perinatal mental illness, advocating for women affected by it, and helping them access the information, care and support they need to recover.

03 to 09 May 2021

The aim of Deaf Awareness Week is to raise awareness of hearing loss in the UK and its impact on people’s lives. Get involved through the UK Council on Deafness website.

04 May 2021

Dedicated to Asthmatics everywhere including those that research, study and treat

05 May 2021

Save lives: Clean your hands calls on health facilities to prevent health care-associated sepsis through hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC) action. Sepsis is estimated to affect more than 30 million patients every year worldwide. 

17 to 23 May 2021

Aims to raise awarenes and campaign on behalf of people with Dementia and their families

21 May 2021

World Meditation Day

When the world around you is ensconced in madness, and you can’t quite seem to find a moment of peace in the storm of the day, it’s time to step back and remember those blissful moments as a child where we merely lost ourselves in the world. World Meditation Day is a call to the world to take time to participate in this millennia-old practice and clear our minds, remembering that we are people first, and workers second.

29 May 2021

Raising awareness and promoting all thing to do with gut health

13 to 20 May 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week is all about raising awareness and promoting better mental health. Take a look at our dedicated web page for more information on mental health in the workplace.

TBC June 2021

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring by highlighting the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. Look at our web page about supporting carers in the workplace.

10 to 17 June 2021

Diabetes Week is an annual UK-wide initiative devoted to raising awareness of diabetes and raising money to help fund research into the condition.

14 to 20 June 2021

Led by the Men’s Health Forum, the purpose of Men’s Health Week is to raise awareness of preventable health issues and encourage men and boys to seek professional advice for health-related problems. 

21 to 30 June

World Wellbeing Week

World WellBeing Week returns in June 2021 to provide the opportunity for participants worldwide to promote an overall awareness for the wide-ranging aspects of wellbeing, including social, physical, emotional, financial, career, community and environmental wellbeing

30 June 2021

The day aims to bridge the gaps between factors such as race, language and culture International Day of Friendship promotes the idea that fostering friendships between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace and build bridges between those communities.

05 August 2021

Cycle to Work Day is the UK’s biggest cycle commuting event. Every year since 2012 we’ve seen thousands of enthusiastic riders hit the streets to celebrate everyday cycling. 

07 August 2021

Celebrated in Australia- but who is to say we should do the same here in the IK. Lets say a great big thank you to all those that look after who work in the home care and residential care servies. Especially given the heroic work they have done in the last year.

01 to 30 September 2021

Highlighting the importance of talking about dementia. We want to raise awareness of how it impacts the daily lives of people affected by the condition and challenge the stigma that surrounds it.

07 to 13 September 2021

Encourage people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and encourage people to share their donation decision. For further information visit the NHS Blood and Transplant website.

07 to 13 September 2021

Blood Pressure UK’s flagship blood pressure testing and awareness campaign, encourages adults to know their blood pressure numbers and take the necessary action to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure. This year around 250,000 free checks will be available across the UK.

10 September 2021

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day promotes worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.

13 September 2021

World Sepsis Day

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. It can range from medical education, to sports activities and fundraising events. 

20 to 26th September 2021

International Week of Happiness at Work

Happiness at work is about meaningful work, healthy relationships, development, and having fun. The evidence shows that happier employees lead to more successful organisations. Lets make happiness at work the norm, not the exception

21 to 27 September 2021

National Eye Health Week (NEHW) is about healthcare professionals joining forces to encourage more people to have regular sight tests and make lifestyle choices that benefit their vision and general well-being. NEHW raises awareness of how we can improve the UK’s eye health, contribute towards a reduction in avoidable blindness and enhance people’s everyday lives.

23 September 2021

National Fitness Day encourages people all across the country to make 26 September the most active day of the year.

25 September 2021

Get involved in a coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

29 September 2021

World Heart Day informs people around the globe that Cardiovascular Disease including heart disease and stroke, is the world’s leading cause of death claiming 17.9 million lives each year, and highlights the actions that individuals can take to prevent and control CVD.

28 September to 4 October 2021

BNF Healthy Eating Week celebrates and promotes healthy eating, as well as food provenance, cooking and being active.

01 to 28 October 2021

Stoptober is a campaign running throughout October which encourages people to stop smoking, and offers support to help achieve a smoke free. 

01 to 31 October 2021

National Cholesterol Month is devoted to raising funds for Heart UK and raising awareness about the dangers of high cholesterol. 

01 to 31 October 2021

Breast Cancer Awareness month helps to raise awareness for the disease and to raise funds for research. The campaign also offers information and free resources to help you with your local campaigns. You may also want to take a look at our additional guidance for employers on supporting employees with long-term health conditions returning to and continuing in work. 

05 to 09 October 2021

The aim of the week-long event, organised by BackCare, is to raise awareness of the problems back pain can cause, as well as prevention and treatments. See our dedicated web page for more information on musculoskeletal disorders.

08 October 2021

National Clean Air Day is a chance for the whole country to come together and improve air quality through collective action.

10 October 2021

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day raises public awareness about mental health issues. See our web pages dedicated to mental health in the workplace.

12 to 16 October 2021

National Work Life Week aims to get both employers and their employees talking about wellbeing at work and work life balance. It’s an opportunity for employers to show their employees, and potential candidates, how their organisation is striving for a family friendly and flexible working culture.

18 October 2021

World Menopause Day is to raise awareness about the menopause and to pledge support for women who face health issues when approaching, during and beyond the menopause.

01 to 30 November 2021

Each year, Movember is responsible for thousands of moustaches on men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of Movember is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer.

02 to 06 November 2021

International Stress Awareness Day aims to develop greater understanding of stress and offer individuals and organisations access to proven coping strategies and sources of help.

08 to 12 November

If you find it hard to talk about money, you’re not alone. That’s why every year Talk Money Week encourages people to open up about their finances. By having a conversation, you can improve your physical, mental and financial wellbeing.

16 to 20 November 2021

This Anti-Bullying Week the theme is “Respect”. Raising awareness of the damage that bullying and harassment can cause in all its forms and looking at how organisation can help stamp it out. This year the theme is “Respect”. 

16 to 22 November 2021

The aim of Alcohol Awareness Week is to get people to think about alcohol – how it affects us as individuals, families, communities and society as a whole.

25 November to 10 December 2021

The 16 Days of action against domestic violence campaign is a time to take action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

01 December 2021

World AIDS day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to 

03 December 2021

Internation Day of People with Disabilities

Raising Awareness and celebrating people with disabilities across the globe

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