October Sparks Shine

October sparks for Domestic Violence, Bullying Prevention, Drug Safety Education, Breast Cancer plus many other important health and social issues that plague our society. It’s also the time for Fall fun activities as apple and pumpkin picking and trick or treating for Halloween.

We spotlight a few key causes and activities below to help kick-start your month and leave you Socially Sparked®!

October Sparks for Domestic Violence, Bullying

October sparks for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) which began  nationwide in October 1987 as a way to connect and unite individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues and raise awareness. Much progress has been made over the last three decades to support domestic violence victims and survivors, to hold abusers accountable, and to create and update legislation to further those goals.

Nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Now is time to take a stand. Make October sparks for domestic violence awareness. Support survivors and speak out against domestic violence all month long.

THE FACTS

  • 468 gun -related domestic violence fatalities occurred in 2019
  • 10 million people a year are physically abused by an intimate partner
  • 20,000 calls a day are placed to a dv hotline
  • 20% of women in the United States have been raped

If you need assistance or want to talk to someone about domestic violence, call 1-866-331-9474 to speak with a trained peer advocate.

Take part in The National Week of Action, October 15 through 21, 2017. Join the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) during the week. Activities range from Conversation Sunday to Twitter Chat Tuesday to #Purple Thursday — Wear Purple on October 19th!

A Multi-Colored Month

Show your true colors throughout the month of October in blue, purple, orange or pink, to name a few. T-Shirt Days abound this month.

October sparks for Domestic Violence, Bullying

“NO MATTER™ who you are, what you look like, your sexual orientation, your beliefs, we are ALL the same, we are ALL people, NO MATTER™! That means no one should ever be bullied in any way — NO MATTER™! Everyone should be treated with kindness and respect …” — NO MATTER™

The sparks shine on National Bullying Prevention Month. Sponsored by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, the campaign is held during the month of October and unites communities around the world to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention. This campaign has grown from an initial week-long event in 2006 to a worldwide effort with thousands of individuals participating in various activities throughout the month. There are many ways to show your support and take a stand against bullying:

October sparks for Domestic Violence, Bullying

October 7th is “World Day of Bullying Prevention™ An initiative of STOMP Out Bullying™” & Blue Shirt Day. WEAR BLUE on October 7th to help “Change the Culture” and Stomp Out Bullying. Blue Shirt Day is sponsored by the Stomp Out Bullying Organization.

October 23rd is Unity Day! Wear and Share Orange! Make it Orange and Make it End. Unity Day is sponsored by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Come together in one giant message of hope and support, wear and share orange to color our nation, and even the world, visibly showing that our society believes that no child should be bullied.

One nation of drug-free youth

National Red Ribbon Week is October 23rd thru 31st. Send a Message, Stay Drug Free is this year’s theme; it is a call to action to speak out in support of healthy choices. The theme is also a reminder that by staying drug free, you are sending a message to yourself and others about how much you value yourself, your overall health, your community and your future.

The National Family Partnership sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration in 1988. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. As the nation’s largest and oldest drug prevention campaign, Red Ribbon Week® reaches over 80 million people each year.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2019. More than 271,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer every year, and nearly 41,000 die from the disease. Early detection education and support services are key. This annual campaign raises awareness of breast cancer risks, the importance of screening and early detection and treatment options available to women and men who are diagnosed with breast cancer. There are so many ways to support the month. We highlight one specific organization and their program that continues to SPARK breast cancer victims’ and survivors’ lives.

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. Each event brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer. The events raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable. To locate a walk in your area click here

socially sparked

October sparks for many more equally important health and social initiatives than we could highlight in one feature. Here’s a list of the many October Sparks! The opportunities to be an agent of change this month are endless. — We are forever Socially Sparked®! Tweet @sosparkednews

National Liver Cancer Awareness Month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Energy Awareness Month (Go Green)
Healthy Lungs Month
National Campaign for Healthier Babies Month
National Physical Therapy Month
National Spinal Health Month
Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
National Psoriasis Month
National AIDS Awareness Month
National Dental Hygiene Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Celiac Sprue Awareness Month
SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Awareness Month
Eye Injury Prevention Month
National Medical Librarians Month
Down Syndrome Awareness Month
Hunger Awareness Month