National Disability Employment Awareness Month
First declared by Congress to raise awareness for the needs of those disabled in the United States, this month also celebrates the contributions of the nearly 18.6 million members of the United States Workforce. As a result of the month being honored, Congress has since created the Office of Disability Employment Policy in the Department of Labor which helps to educate and train people who are unemployed or underemployed and disabled in America.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
This annual international health campaign day can be celebrated in many ways, whether breast cancer walks or runs as well as other events honoring those who are fighting the disease and those who have lost their fight too. In 2009, Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week began during the third week of October too.
Global Diversity Awareness Month
October is also a time to celebrate and promote respect for all cultures and embrace the richness of diversity in our global community. It is an opportunity to learn about different backgrounds, traditions, and perspectives that contribute to the tapestry of humanity.
National Book Month
Created in 2003, National Book Month is held each October. The month-long celebration focuses on the importance of reading, writing and literature. Take this time to expand your love of reading. Start a new book. Share an old book. Join a book club. Encourage your co-workers, family and friends to do the same.
Halloween Safety Month
Halloween Safety Month is an annual designation observed in October. Halloween is a fun holiday for friends and families, but since it usually involves being outdoors late into the evening, it’s important to keep safety in mind when you’re out celebrating this spooky holiday. Mainly, remember to stay alert, have a few rules for little ones, and have a fun, safe Halloween night!
October 9 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day (US)
Celebrated the second Monday of October and coinciding with Columbus Day, this day honors the culture and history of all Native American people in the United States and its territories. It’s a day to recognize the violence they have faced in our history and the continued pursuit to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day forever. If you live in South Dakota, it’s known as Native Americans’ Day, Discoverers’ Day in Hawaii, and American Indian Heritage Day in the State of Alabama.
October 10 – World Mental Health Day
Nearly 50.2% of the LGBT community and 1 in 5 adults have experienced mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health. This international effort to expand mental health awareness was first celebrated in 1992. This day is intended to support those inflicted with mental illness and to break the silence on the stigma of having illness in America.
October 19 – Spirit Day
Observed on the third Thursday in October, Spirit Day is the world’s most visible anti-bullying movement inspiring LGBTQ youth, especially transgender and nonbinary youth to live their lives in their truth and authenticity. Encourage your workforce to wear purple to show your support for the LGBTQ youth.