Awareness Days for 2019 Blog & Social Media Content

Back in September 2018 I published a post containing important awareness days to see us up to the end of the year.  We are now on the cusp of 2019 and my list needs updating!  So I would like to introduce to you my updated list of Awareness Days for 2019* to inform your Blog and Social Media Content.

*January to June 2019.

Back in September 2018 I published a post containing important awareness days to see us up to the end of the year. We are now on the cusp of 2019 and my list needs updating! So I would like to introduce to you my updated list of Awareness Days for 2019* to inform your Blog and Social Media Content.

What are Awareness Days?

A national or international awareness day is a date usually set by a major organization or government.  Awareness days commemorate a public health or ethical cause of importance on a national or international level.  There are also some awareness days that are just for fun!  Awareness days can form part of your social media strategy.

Why use them for Blog & Social Media Content?

If I’m struggling for social media post ideas or blog content at work, I will check what awareness days are coming up, and choose those that fall inline with the company mission.  This affords me the opportunity to re-purpose / re-share some older content to make it relevant again.

These awareness days also provide inspiration for new posts.  Most importantly, it’s always great to use your digital content to raise awareness for something that you feel strongly about.

Awareness Days for 2019

To make things easier on us both, I have handpicked a cracking list of awareness days covering the whole of 2019.  I have tried to pick a mixture of days that could fit into various niches.  However, they could also be used to inspire you to try your hand at something new.  There is a mixture of serious and light-hearted because sometimes life can be hard enough.

The awareness days will be listed in the following order throughout.

  • Name with hyperlinked event website
  • Date(s)
  • Brief description/blurb
  • Media resources – links/Twitter handle/hashtags etc. (if available)

Please make a mental note of the order above … imagine if I had to list those subtitles within ALL the entries below.  *Cries*

This list is not exhaustive but there should be something below for everyone!  Anyway, let’s not waste anymore time.

THIS IS A LONG LIST!

January Awareness Days 2019

January Awareness Days 2019

Dry January

January 1st – 31st

Dry January is the annual movement through which millions of people give up alcohol for the month of January.

Media Resources

@AlcoholChangeUK

Veganuary 2019

January 1st – 31st

Veganuary is dedicated to changing public attitudes, while providing all the information and practical support required to make the transition to veganism as easy and enjoyable as possible.

Media Resources

@WeAreVeganuary

National Popcorn Day

January 19th

However you like to enjoy yours, what better day to treat yourself than today!

World Religion Day

January 20th

The aim of World Religion Day, held on the third Sunday in January every year, is to promote inter-faith understanding and harmony.

National Hug Day or National Hugging Day

January 21st

The idea of National Hug Day is to encourage everyone to hug family and friends more often.

Blue Monday 2019

January 21st

Blue Monday is a name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) claimed to be the most depressing day of the year.

National Handwriting Day

January 23rd

This year, we suggest you take advantage of National Handwriting Day on January 23 and use a pen or a pencil to rekindle that creative feeling through a handwritten note, poem, letter or journal entry.

Media Resources

@WritingInstrumentManufacturersAssociation

National Storytelling Week

January 26th – February 2nd

National Storytelling Week is celebrated by all ages enjoying- Folk tales, fairy lore, figments, phantoms, dragons, serpents, storms at sea. A good teller will conjure intriguingly.

Media Resources

@sfs_uk

Big Garden Birdwatch

January 26th – January 27th

Big Garden Birdwatch is the world’s largest garden wildlife survey.

Media Resources

@Natures_Voice

February Awareness Days 2019

February Awareness Days 2019

LGBT History Month

February 1st – February 28th

The theme is History: Peace; Reconciliation and Activism. We will be celebrating the centenary of aftermath of the end of WWI and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, so there’ll be plenty to get our heads around.

Media Resources

       

World Wetlands Day

February 2nd

World Wetlands Day to raises global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. This day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

Media Resources

@RamsarConv  #KeepWetlands  #WorldWetlandsDay

Children’s Mental Health Week

February 4th – February 10th

Children’s Mental Health week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.  This years theme is ‘Healthy: Inside and Out.’

Media Resources

@Place2Be #childrensmentalhealthweek

Time To Talk Day

February 7th

Time To Talk Day brings the nation together to get talking and break the silence around mental health problems.

Media Resources

@TimetoChange

International Book Giving Day

February 14th

The aim? To get books into the hands of as many children as possible.  It is all about sharing the love of books!

Media Resources

@bookgivingday #bookgivingday

National Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 17th

It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organizations, nationwide, to encourage acts of kindness. It is a favorite day to many, as people everywhere are enjoying doing these acts of kindness.

Media Resources

@kindness_org

You Can Care Week

February 25th-March 3rd

Many people have preconceived ideas about what caring for an older person is all about.
You Can Care Week is held each year to raise awareness of how rewarding a role in care is.

@Homeinsteaduk #YouCanCare!

March Awareness Days 2019

March Awareness Days 2019

Self-Injury Awareness Day

March 1st

Raising awareness about self-injury is incredibly important. Awareness leads to understanding and empathy, banishing judgment and fear, and reducing the number of people who feel alone and suffer in silence.

@LifeSIGNS  #selfinjury  #selfharm   #SIAD

Endometriosis Week

March 4th – March 10th

Endometriosis Week aims to raise awareness about this hidden and often unrecognized condition.

@EndometriosisUK

University Mental Health Day

March 7th

University Mental Health Day brings together the university community to make mental health a university-wide priority. Together we can inspire conversations and take action to shape the future of student mental health.

@UMHANUK   #UniMentalHealthDay

Nutrition and Hydration Week

March 11th – March 17th

Its purpose is to bring people together to create energy, focus and fun in order to highlight and educate people on the value of food and drink in maintaining health and well being in health and social care.

Media Resources

@NHWeek

World Sleep Day

March 15th

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.

Media Resources

@_WorldSleep  #worldsleepday 

International Day of Forests

March 21st

2019 theme is ‘Forests and Education.’ It will seek to raise awareness on how sustainably managed forests provide a wide array of contributions in this area.

@IISD_SDGs

Wear A Hat Day

 March 29th

Grab your favourite hat and raise funds to bring us closer to a cure for brain tumours. Take part with your school, workplace or simply at home with family and friends.

Media Resources

@braintumourrsch

English Tourism Week

March 30th  – April 7th

Taking place in spring each year, English Tourism Week campaigns to raise the profile of the industry and celebrate the value and quality of tourism in England.

@VisitBritainBiz   #EnglishTourismWeek19 

April Awareness Days 2019

April Awareness Days 2019

Family Safety Week

April 1st – April 5th

 

We’re shining a spotlight on simple things you can do to stop your child becoming an accident statistic. We’ll also share advice on good safety habits to get into, and the things you really need to buy to help keep your little ones safe.

Media Resources

National Pet Month 2019

April 1st – May 6th

With the help of our supporters we raise awareness of responsible pet ownership through educational campaigns, we celebrate the benefits of our pets and encourage fundraising for the nation’s needy pets. 

Media Resources

@NatPetMonthUK

National Siblings Day 2019

April 10th

Siblings Day (sometimes called National Siblings Day or National Sibling Day) is a holiday recognized annually in some parts of the United States on April 10,[2] honoring the relationships of siblings

National Stationery Week

April 23rd – April 29th

A fun week for stationery addicts & designers.

Media Resources

#natstatweek #writingmatters

World Book Night 2019

April 23rd

World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April every year.

Media Resources

@WorldBookNight

International Jazz Day

April 30th

International Jazz Day celebrated around the world to promote dialogue, tolerance and peace through music.

@IntlJazzDay

May Awareness Days 2019

May Awareness Days 2019

Maternal Mental Health Month

April 29th–May 3rd

Together let’s make over the image of a perfect motherhood.  Let’s make over the notion that moms can do it all without support.

@thebluedotprj  #MakingOverMotherhood

ME Awareness Week

May 6th – May 12th

This is the one week of the year when everyone we know puts all their valuable energy into telling the world that M.E. is a real and physical disease.

Media Resources

International Astronomy Day

May 11th

Astronomy Day is an annual event in the United States – and later in other countries, like in Hungary – intended to provide a means of interaction between the general public and various astronomy enthusiasts, groups and professionals.

National Children’s Day

May 12th

National Children’s Day UK is all about the importance of a healthy childhood and how we need to protect the rights and freedoms of children in order to ensure that they can grow into happy, healthy adults.


Media Resources

#NCDUK2019

Mental Health Awareness Week

May 13th – 19th May

The theme for 2019 is Body Image – how we see ourselves and how that makes us feel.

@mentalhealth

Learning Disability Week

May 13th – May 19th

This year’s theme is ‘community’ – whoever we are and where ever in Scotland we live, we can all be part of a community.

@SCLDNews  #LDWeek2019

International Day of Families

May 15th

The International Day of Families provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting them.

National Epilepsy Week

May 20th – May 26th

During National Epilepsy Week, we’ll be sharing stories – stories of people living with epilepsy. We’ll be asking your help as our campaigns on Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and sodium valproate continue.

Media Resources

@epilepsyaction

World Turtle Day

May 23rd

The day was created as an annual observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world.

Media Resources

@WorldTurtleDay  

World Hunger Day

May 28th

World Hunger Day is an initiative by The Hunger Project. Started in 2011, it aims to celebrate sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty.

Media Resources

#WorldHungerDay  @WorldHungerDay

June Awareness Days 2019

June Awareness Days 2019

Butterfly Education and Awareness Day

June 1st

We believe that with the creation of a international day to celebrate butterflies we will promote the importance and joy of butterfly gardening and habitat creation/restoration.

@AssociationForButterflies

World Environment Day

June 5th

This World Environment Day, discover the many ways that you can help to combat plastic pollution.

@UNEnvironment  #BeatPlasticPollution  #WorldEnvironmentDay

National Best Friends Day

June 8th

Life wouldn’t be the same without best friends. They’re the friends that can be counted on to be there at a moment’s notice. The ones who love, laugh, support, and cherish – in both good and bad times.

#BestFriendsDay

Men’s Health Week

June 10th – June 16th

The focus for 2019 will be the impact of inequality and deprivation on men’s health – and we will be releasing reports and materials on the issue nearer the time.

@MensHealthForum  #mhw2019

Sewing Machine Day

June 13th

Sewing Machine Day celebrates the invention of the sewing machine of course.

Festival of Learning

June 17th

Our mission is to highlight the benefits of learning, celebrate achievements of adults who have used learning to transform their lives, and to encourage everyone to embrace lifelong learning.

@festival_learn #FestivalofLearning2019

Autistic Pride Day

June 18th

Autistic pride recognises the importance of pride for autistics and its role in bringing about positive changes in the broader society.

World Music Day

June 21st

If you are a musician, music group, arts organisation, venue, business – or anyone interested in turning Make Music Day into something huge – then go to the local networks page to see if there is an meeting near you!

Media Resources

@MakeMusicDayUK 

National School Sport Week

June 24th -28th June

National School Sport Week encourages your pupils to be more active.

@YouthSportTrust

International Sunglasses Day

June 27th

Brought to you by The Vision Council, National Sunglasses Day is a commemorative date held annually on June 27 celebrating the importance of wearing shades to protect the eyes from the sun’s harsh ultraviolet (UV) rays.

@opticalindustry 

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6 Comments

  1. Jo (A Rose Tinted World)

    December 31, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    How did I not know about Sewing Machine Day?! Fabulous list Rachael. Not heard of so many of these, but a great way to spread awareness

    1. rachaelhope90

      December 31, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      I included that one for you believe it or not 🙂 I was going to skip past it and was like noooo cuz I know a seamstress 🙂 xxx

  2. Cathy Ulrickson

    December 31, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    As always, you are the Queen of Resources! You are such a GIFT to our community!

  3. Cathy Ulrickson

    December 31, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    As always you are the Queen of Resources! You are such a GIFT to this community! Awesome post!

  4. Julie

    December 31, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    What a fun post Rachel! What a great resource to provide inspiration for blog posts, and social media posts and just fun info. to share with others! Thanks for sharing! I’ve made notes in my planner!

  5. Kim

    January 6, 2019 at 11:49 am

    How did I not know there was a popcorn day?! Thanks for sharing this list, it will definitely come in handy for creating new content and sharing relatable old content.

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