Health Awareness Month
GOAL: "Health Awareness Month" is a month-long campaign that aims to:
- Raise public awareness of major health issues affecting our society.
- Help those at risk to identify symptoms.
- Encourage those with symptoms to seek help at an early stage.
- Campaign for access to the best treatments and services for all
- Organize Mental Health Awareness Days at mosques - Research shows that millions of Americans suffer from mental illnesses each year. Yet, the negative stigma associated with mental illness often prevents many people in crisis from seeking help. Organizing mental health days at your local mosque to increase awareness of mental health issues and provide the community with the means of getting help can go a long way in preventing mild and moderate mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. It is hoped that people will start to think of their mental health as being as important as their physical wellbeing. For more information on how to get involved, click here.
- Organize Health Fairs at mosques - A health fair gives volunteers the opportunity to reach out to people about their health and well-being. By bringing health professionals and community members together, a health fair can educate people about health, prevention of illnesses, and the resources that are available to them in their community. A health fair can include exhibits, mini-workshops, demonstrations, screenings, etc. For more information on how to organize a health fair, click here.
- Participate in Relays for Life - Relay for Life is an event designed to celebrate cancer survivors and to raise money for cancer research and programs for the American Cancer Society. During the relays, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team strives to keep at least one team member on the track at all times. To find out how to participate in Relay for Life or other cancer awareness campaigns, click here.
- Volunteering at hospitals, nursing homes - Men and women of all ages, life stages and professions can give their time and skills to enhance the well-being of patients in hospitals nationwide and can also provide much-needed support to hospital staff. Typically, to become a hospital volunteer, one must be at least 16 years of age and willing to make a commitment of a couple hours per week. The application process usually includes completing an application form, providing other mandatory documentation including reference check forms and a health record form, being interviewed and participating in a general hospital orientation. To volunteer at a local hospital, contact your preferred hospital's department of volunteer resources.
- Organizing blood drives - Everyday, people in emergencies and victims of disasters are in need of blood. The American Red Cross provides for half the nation's blood supply--six million pints annually -- for those in need. To help, one can donate blood, organize a blood drive at their local mosque or volunteer at a local Red Cross office. For more information, click here.