Recognizing Women May 2024

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There are many emotions that could be circulating among the awareness days in May. It is a month of multifaceted awareness, encompassing themes from mental health to family dynamics and societal inclusion. National Child and Youth Mental Health Day on May 7th emphasizes nurturing connections between young individuals and caregivers, while Mental Health Week from May 6th to 10th amplifies community-level support. Mother’s Day on May 12th intends to celebrate maternal love and sacrifice but for some the emotions are much different and we at Connect recognize that.  Followed by the International Day for Families on May 15th, highlighting their vital role in society. May 17th observes the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia, advocating for equality and inclusivity. See Connect’s blog on Celebrate IDAHOBIT that provides more reasons to celebrate. While May 23rd focuses on ending obstetric fistula. Speech and Hearing Month, along with Vision Health Month, throughout May spotlight health conditions and the importance of prevention and support.

With this going on, we at Connect want to encourage you to find a moment, or three to be all of you, and to breathe deep.

National Child and Youth Mental Health Day – May 7, 2024

National Child & Youth Mental Health Day is about building caring connections between young people and the caring adults in their lives. “I care about you” is the May 7th message. Support conversations and connections between caring adults and young people here!

Mental Health Week – May 6 – 10, 2024

This year’s Mental Health Week, happening on May 13-19, 2024, will amplify some of the voices and spaces within which mental health exists across Canada, especially at the community level through non-profit agencies and programs. Share a story of support, thanks, or hope from your own mental health journey and help others find connection and community.

Mother’s Day – May 12, 2024

Mother’s Day is a day dedicated to honoring and appreciating mothers for their societal and familial roles. Originating in 1905 when Anna M. Jarvis commemorated her mother’s passing, it officially began on May 10, 1908, with Jarvis distributing carnations to mothers at a church service. Today, it’s celebrated by showering moms with flowers, gifts, and brunch as a token of appreciation. How about on Mother’s Day we spend some extra time with our moms, give them a hug and tell them how much we love them.

International Day for Families – May 15, 2024

 Held on 15th May every year, the International Day of Families was established by the United Nations in 1993 as a way to raise awareness of issues faced by families throughout the world. The annual event provides a way to highlight the important role that families hold in communities and raises issues that may affect families. Get updates on this year’s focus: “Families & Climate Change: International Year of the Family +30”.

International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia – May 17, 2024

 Violence against 2SLGBTQ+ people is a current and distressing reality globally including in Nova Scotia. International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia plays a crucial role in promoting equality, raising awareness, and combating discrimination and violence against members of these communities. By highlighting the importance of legal and social equality, we are working towards a more inclusive and equitable society. Share your thoughts and take a survey on gender-based violence here.

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula  – May 23, 2024

May 23 is the United Nations’ (UN) International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, which promotes action towards treating and preventing obstetric fistula, a result of prolonged, obstructed labor that leaves women incontinent. It is a condition that affects many girls and women in developing countries. Your support can help women suffering from obstetric fistula. Learn more about it here.

Speech and hearing Month – May 1-31, 2024

Speech and Hearing Awareness is observed in May every year. It’s a month dedicated to raising awareness for communication disorders, helping patients overcome any type of hearing and speech illness, as well as celebrating the contributions of professionals in the speech-language-hearing industry. to eradicate the stigma attached to communication disorders. Learn more about the ways you can support and celebrate the cause this May here.

Vision Health Month – May 1-31, 2024

 Vision Health Month is a great time to raise awareness about eye health and ways to prevent vision loss. A comprehensive eye exam can also detect potentially life threatening conditions, like brain tumours, high blood pressure and diabetes. Make eye exams part of your health-care routine. Find an Optometrist near you!