May blooms bright for moms, arthritis, mental health and a host of other worthy health, education and social causes. It’s the month for celebrating mothers, Cinco de Mayo, the Kentucky Derby and Memorial Day. And, with outdoor activities moving in high gear, May is designated as motorcycle safety awareness and national bike month.
National Arthritis Awareness Month. Over 54 million Americans (one in every four adults) and 300,000 children have arthritis. It is the number one cause of disability in America. May is designated as the time to spread awareness about the disease, to educate the public, get people moving through exercise and raise funds for a cure. 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the National Arthritis Foundation, an organization that advocates for the disease, educates the countless inflicted and provides resources and tools to lead a full life.
There are multiple events for Arthritis Awareness happening around the country this month through the Arthritis Foundation and/or their many partners. Walkathons, bikathons and Share Your Story are a few. You can learn more by visiting www.arthritis.org/get-involved/
Mental Health Month — Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. One in five Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime and every American is affected or impacted through their friends and family. According to the National Mental Health Organization (NAMI), there is a virus spreading and its called ‘stigma.’ Stigma against people with mental health conditions. Stigma is toxic to one’s mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment. In some cases, it takes lives. The good news is that stigma is 100% curable! Compassion, empathy and understanding are the antidote.
“CureStigma“ is the 2018 theme. Throughout the year and especially during May, NAMI and participants across the country are raising awareness to change this perception by educating the public. #CureStigma
May kick starts the official start to outdoor activities and biking is a favorite for many. National Bike Month was established in 1956 as a way to celebrate the many benefits of riding. National Bike Week this year occurs from May 14th thru 18th, and National Bike Day is May 18th.
kEY CELEBRATORY DAYS & EVENTS OF MAY
May 1st – School Principle Appreciation Day
May 5th – Cinco De Mayo and The Kentucky Derby
May 8th – National Teacher Appreciation Day
May 13th – Mother’s Day
May 28th – Memorial Day
Whatever your passion, May awareness initiatives and celebratory events are a plentiful. A special shout out to moms, who have Socially Sparked our lives and continue to do so in countless ways. — We are Socially Sparked! Tweet us @sosparkednews