NHS Health Campaigns 2020

January 2020

1st-31st January Dry January Giving up alcohol for the month of January is a way of encouraging long lasting healthy drinking habits and reaping the benefits associated with reducing alcohol intake.


February 2020

4th February World Cancer Day People across the world participate in World Cancer Day, with the aim of raising awareness and inspiring action to reduce the risk of cancer.

7th February Time To Talk Day 1 in 4 people experience mental health problems, but many of these people do not feel able to speak up about it. Time To Talk Day aims to reduce the mental health stigma by encouraging people to be open about what they are going through.

25th February - 3rd March Eating Disorders Awareness Week Raising awareness about eating disorders, including the different types of eating disorders and the treatments available to combat them.


March 2020

13th March No Smoking Day A day to encourage and support smokers to quit smoking.

13th March World Sleep Day Promoting issues related to sleep and aiming to reduce the problem of sleep disorders on society by encouraging prevention and management of sleep disorders.

16th-22nd March Nutrition and Hydration Week A global movement aiming to promote nutrition and  hydration in quality care, experience and safety improvement in health and social care settings.

20th March World Oral Health Day Oral diseases are extremely common. This day aims to help reduce the prevalence of oral diseases.


April 2020

1st-30th April Stress Awareness Month Raising awareness of the causes and cures of stress.

5th April Walk to Work Day Reduce carbon emissions and add some healthy exercise to your day by walking to work.

7th April World Health Day Highlight a priority area of public health concern in the world.

24th April On Your Feet Britain Encouraging the people of Britain to sit less and stand more by following some simple challenges.


May 2020

1st-31st May National Walking Month Encouraging people to walk more often.

5th May Global Hand Hygiene Day Prevention and control, including hand hygiene, is critical to achieve universal health coverage.

6th-14th May Sun Awareness Week Highlighting the importance of looking after your skin in the sun.

18th-24th May Mental Health Awareness Week Raising awareness of topics like stress, relationships, loneliness, sleep, alcohol and friendship, with the aim of promoting better mental health.


June 2020

10th-14th June British Nutritional Foundation (BNF) Healthy Eating Week Celebrating healthy living by promoting eating and drinking healthily, and staying active.

10th-16th June Men's Health Week Raising awareness of male health issues and encouraging men to seek professional help for health problems.

10th-16th June Carers Week A carer is anyone who provides unpaid support to an individual who would not be able to cope without them. Carers week is a national campaign to raise awareness of the challenges that carers face.

20th June National Clean Air Day A chance for the whole country to come together and improve air quality through collective action.


August 2020

8th August Cycle To Work Day The UK's biggest cycling commuting event. Encouraging the people of Britain to cycle instead of drive to work, with over 2 million miles cycled since the event began.


September 2020

2nd-8th September Organ Donation Week Encouraging people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register and to tell others about their decision to do so.

9th-15th September Know Your Numbers Week Blood pressure testing and awareness campaign. Encouraging adults to be aware of their blood pressure and to take steps towards ensuring this number is healthy.

10th September World Suicide Prevention Day With suicide being a leading cause of death across people of all ages across the entire world, World Suicide Prevention Day seeks to promote commitment and action to prevent suicide.

13th September World Sepsis Day Sepsis accounts for an estimated 8 million deaths worldwide each year, yet little is known about it. Knowledge of sepsis needs to be improved in order to stop many of these preventable deaths from happening.

23rd-29th September National Eye Health Week A week where healthcare professionals join forces to encourage people to get more regular sight tests and to generally act in ways that promote benefits to their vision, with hopes to avoid preventable sight loss.

25th September National Fitness Day Make the 25th of September the most active day of the year by participating in a range of activities from yoga to  dance offs, with many more to choose from.

27th September World's Biggest Coffee Morning All over the UK people host a coffee morning and donate the proceeds to Macmillian.


October 2020

1st-5th October National Work Life Week Opening the conversation about wellbeing at work and promoting a good work-life balance.

1st-28th October Stoptober A national campaign encouraging people to give up smoking, offering support and advice for how to quit for good.

1st-31st October National Cholesterol Month High cholesterol can cause serious health problems, such as heart attacks and strokes. National Cholesterol Month aims to raise awareness of these dangers while raising money for Heart UK.

1st-31st October Breast Cancer Awareness Month Increasing awareness of the disease and raising money to go towards life-saving research.

8th-12th October Back Care Awareness Week BackCare began when a clear lack of information on back care was identified. Since it's beginnings, BackCare seek to support those who experience back pain by providing information, guidance, and advice.

10th October World Mental Health Day Raising awareness of mental health issues across the world.

14th-20th October International Infection Prevention Control Week Increasing awareness of the need to keep patients safe from infection.

18th October World Menopause Day Raising awareness of the health issues women experience around the time of menopause.


November 2020

1st-30th November Movember Men's Health Awareness Month Join the 5 million men who have grown moustaches in the month of November since 2003 to raise money for men's health.

4th-8th November International Stress Awareness Week Stress accounts for a significant proportion of sickness absence. It is in the best interests of both individuals and their employers to work out ways to prevent and manage stress.

12th-16th November Anti-Bullying Week Many people experience bullying and the Anti-Bullying Alliance want to tackle this.The theme for 2020 is 'Respect'.

11th-17th November Alcohol Awareness Week In the UK, one person dies every hour due to alcohol. Alcohol Awareness Week tries to get people thinking about the influence of alcohol in our lives, one that is often not positive.


November/December 2020

25th November - 10th December 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence Aimed at businesses to support them in taking action against domestic abuse by encouraging them to demonstrate their legal obligation to assess dynamic risk and support the health and safety of their employees.


December 2020

1st December World AIDS Day World AIDS Day provides opportunity for us to unite in the fight against HIV, showing support for the more than 36 million people living with Aids across the world, and remembering those who have died of HIV or AIDS.

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