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It's time for the next edition of our guide to the health events you can look forward to this month. There are several great campaigns going on in October, all of which aim to raise awareness of various conditions. Find out more below about how you can help support the hardworking organisations behind each cause.
We'll be supporting all these events through our blog and social media channels this month, so make sure you keep an eye on our Facebook page, Twitter and right here on the HealthExpress blog so you can stay up to date.
CSV (Community Service Volunteers) is the main charity behind this event, aimed at publicising the many ways you can help out in your community. The focus of this month's campaign is how volunteers can tackle loneliness and isolation, for example in older people. You can get involved by taking a look at the CSV website which has lots of information about volunteering opportunities and how to get started.
This event is supported by various breast cancer charities throughout the UK, including Breast Cancer Care. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the disease and its prevention, diagnosis and treatment. There will be various fundraising and promotional events taking place during October, including walks, fashion shows and 'Pink Fridays'. You can find out more by taking a look at Breast Cancer Care's Events page.
Stoptober is an annual campaign by the NHS, which aims to encourage smokers to quit for a month, if not longer. The theory behind the initiative is that people who go without smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to quit for good.
If you are a smoker you can send off for a free support pack and attempt the challenge. If you don't smoke, you can still get involved by offering support to those trying to quit. You can also send off for promotional materials and display these in your local area to encourage smokers to quit.
Here at HealthExpress we are running our own stop smoking campaign to tie in with Stoptober. You can find out more about our efforts on our stop smoking page.
During National Arthritis Week, Arthritis Research UK aims to educate people about the impact this condition has on the lives of sufferers. This year's theme is 'Making a Joint Effort', i.e. the public helping the charity with their campaign. To find out more, you can check the campaign page and order a fundraising pack.
This event is to raise awareness of the issues surrounding mental health. You can support the campaign by holding a 'tea and talk' to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation. The idea behind tea and talk is to highlight how just getting together with friends and talking things over can be beneficial to your mental wellbeing.
This event ties in with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, focusing particularly on raising funds for research into breast cancer treatments. The charity behind Wear it Pink is Breast Cancer Campaign. All you need to do to get involved in to wear pink for the day, either in your workplace or elsewhere, and raise money by asking everyone who participates to make a donation. You can find out more about getting involved on the campaign website.