October Awareness Month (Week 2)

October 14, 2021

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness is an opportunity for thrivers and loved ones to celebrate friendship and family. It’s a month for promoting breast cancer awareness and the importance of research, early detection and prevention. It’s also a critical month to galvanize communities around the world bringing the disease front and center to our collective attention. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation has these ideas to help fundraisers make an impact.

Embrace Milestones. Ask for donations on your birthday, wedding day or special anniversary. Give your celebration additional meaning by collecting donations for a good cause.

Go Virtual. Video platforms have made it easy to bring your community together online, especially if your friends and family live in different places. You might host a virtual movie night or create a friendly online competition, like trivia.

Engage Employees and Coworkers. With many people returning to the office, even in a part time capacity, it’s a great time to re-engage with your colleagues and get to know one another better. Share breast cancer statistics, encourage employees to wear pink to the office or in virtual meetings and start a company fundraising page to leverage in October and beyond.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation encourages you to get creative to support research and promote breast cancer awareness this October.(1)

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National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is recognized the entire month of October. There are educational events, community gatherings and support groups that remind everyone that ending domestic violence starts with just one small action, whether that is seeking help or sharing resources. National Today posts 4 Signs You’re Experiencing Abuse:

1. Your Partner Threatens or Tries to Control You. This can be anything from making you feel inadequate to telling you what to wear or how to look.

2. Your Partner Controls Your Money. Keeping cash or credit cards away from you, or discouraging you from working is unacceptable.

3. Your Partner Isolates You. Cutting you off from family and friends makes you even more dependent on your partner and could be a sign of abuse.

4. Your Partner Physically Abuses You. This is a serious crime regardless of your relationship status.

Beloved, the National Coalition of Against Domestic Violence has online national crisis resources for victims and survivors of domestic violence at: https://ncadv.org/resources. If you or someone you know has experienced domestic violence or sexual assault, the Milwaukee Health Department has a 24-Hour Crisis Help Line and resources: https://city.milwaukee.gov/Health/Services-and-Programs/staysafe/directory.

Sources:

1 Breast Cancer Research Foundation at: www.bcrf.org.

2 National Day.com/national-domestic-violence-awareness-month.

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